Rep. Susan Davis Honored with 2015 Diabetes Prevention Congressional Leadership Award
SAN DIEGO - In recognition of her work in Congress on diabetes prevention, the Diabetes Coalition of California recognized Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) with their 2015 Diabetes Prevention Congressional Leadership Award at a diabetes awareness event in Hillcrest.
“Thank you to the Diabetes Coalition of California for this recognition. But mostly I want to thank them for all they do in the fight to end diabetes,” said Davis. “Congress can set policy and provide resources but it is the people on the ground – the advocates, the medical researches, and especially the health care providers – that really make a difference.”
Davis is a leader in Congress on diabetes prevention and treatment. Language from her Diabetes Prevention Act (DPA) of 2009 was included in the health care reform bill, the Affordable Care Act. The DPA created the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). The NDPP is an evidence-based lifestyle change program, which has been demonstrated to delay or prevent the development of type-2 diabetes among people at high risk.
In the 113th Congress, Davis introduced the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (H.R. 962) to extend the proven benefits of the NDPP to seniors under Medicare and rein in health care costs. Davis is currently working to re-introduce this bill in the 114th Congress.