New Medicare Benefits May Help With Diabetes Care

As reported by Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post, federal officials announced Wednesday that there would be an increase in money spent by Medicare to help prevent diabetes for those that are at high risk of the disease.

“The new benefits, scheduled to begin in 2018, are part of an increasing shift in the federal entitlement program, from its half-century tradition of mainly covering treatment when beneficiaries are sick of paying to try to keep them healthy, said Goldstein.

“The strategy to avert diabetes also is the first disease-prevention effort, tested under part of the Affordable Care Act, that federal officials have concluded is worthwhile to adopt nationwide.”

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