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senate Bill S. 920

Should a National Commission be Created to Evaluate Federal Diabetes Programs?

Argument in favor

A national commission of healthcare experts focused on improving diabetes prevention and treatment in federal programs would put the government on the right track in terms of focusing its research, prevention, and treatment efforts.

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10/10/2017
With the current epidemic of childhood obesity, it only makes sense to begin addressing a national epidemic of diabetes that is sure to follow!
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10/11/2017
Status quo isn’t doing anything which is shown through diabetes being on the rise. NIH study that tested children between 2002-2012 shows 1.8% increase per year of type 1 diabetes and 4.8% increase per year of type 2 diabetes. The amount of funds needed is a drop in the bucket for the US because of our already huge national debt. The impact of saving lives and keeping Americans healthy far outweighs the monetary cost.
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Andrew's Opinion
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10/08/2017
This is a bill meant to help gauge where we are in the treatment education and prevention of one of the biggest epidemic diseases diabetes
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Argument opposed

It’s unlikely that a creating a national commission of healthcare experts to assess how federal programs handle diabetes treatment will be able to make a discernible impact on preventing and treating the disease.

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10/10/2017
The government does not need to spend $2 million on a federal program that would merely regulate another federal program.
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Tess's Opinion
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10/10/2017
Why don't we focus more on fixing our food and eliminating all the sugar, chemicals, and GMOs that are causing this problem in the first place?
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Dana's Opinion
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10/10/2017
I don’t think we need anyone else looking over paperwork that isn’t an expert in the field. Like insurance companies deciding what doctor you can and can’t see. It’s not right. So we don’t meet another government agency reviewing where we can save money from we need people deciding who truly care about finding a cure
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bill Progress


  • EnactedNovember 2nd, 2017
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed October 11th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The senate Passed September 6th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedApril 24th, 2017

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What is Senate Bill S. 920?

This bill would establish a National Clinical Care Commission to evaluate and make recommendations about improvements to federal programs related to diabetes within the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS). It would be required to submit an operating plan to HHS and Congress describing how it will report on specified aspects of diabetes treatment within 90 days of its first meeting. The commission would be terminated after it submits a final report, which would be required before the end of fiscal year 2021.

The commission would report on:

  • HHS programs that focus on prevention;

  • Current activities and gaps in federal efforts to support clinicians in providing integrated care;

  • Improvement in federal education and awareness activities related to prevention and treatment;

  • Methods for outreach and dissemination of education and awareness materials;

  • Opportunities for consolidation of overlapping federal programs.

The commission would be composed of the heads of relevant federal agencies and one representative from each of the following categories:

  • Physician specialties, such as clinical endocrinologists, that play a role in the prevention or treatment of diseases and complications related to diabetes.

  • Primary care physicians.

  • Non-physician healthcare professionals.

  • Patient advocates.

  • National experts, including public health experts.

  • Healthcare providers with a patient population that consists of a high percentage of individuals who are enrolled in a state Medicaid program who aren’t covered under a health plan or health insurance coverage.

Impact

People who have been or could eventually be diagnosed with diabetes; the healthcare industry; federal programs involved diabetes prevention and treatment; Congress; and the to-be established commission.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 920

$2.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost about $2 million over the 2017-2022.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced this bill to establish a national commission of healthcare experts to advance diabetes care and prevention:

“Millions of Americans and their families are affected by diabetes and experts predict that number will continue to grow. My legislation with Sen. Collins will ensure that the federal government is equipped to streamline and leverage investments in diabetes research, prevention, and treatment. Establishing a National Clinical Care Commission will set us on the right track to reverse the human and economic toll of this disease.”

Lead cosponsor Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) added:

"Diabetes affects people of every age, race, and nationality, and the disease’s human and economic toll is devastating.  If present trends continue, one in three adults will have diabetes in 2050. Our legislation would bring together public and private experts in diabetes research and treatments to develop a strategic plan for improving care for people with diabetes and help change the trajectory of this disease."

This legislation passed both the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate as a whole unanimously. It has the support of two bipartisan cosponsors.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Maya32K / iStock)

AKA

National Clinical Care Commission Act

Official Title

A bill to establish a National Clinical Care Commission.

    With the current epidemic of childhood obesity, it only makes sense to begin addressing a national epidemic of diabetes that is sure to follow!
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    The government does not need to spend $2 million on a federal program that would merely regulate another federal program.
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    Why don't we focus more on fixing our food and eliminating all the sugar, chemicals, and GMOs that are causing this problem in the first place?
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    I don’t think we need anyone else looking over paperwork that isn’t an expert in the field. Like insurance companies deciding what doctor you can and can’t see. It’s not right. So we don’t meet another government agency reviewing where we can save money from we need people deciding who truly care about finding a cure
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    I can’t imagine having Congress more involved in the diabetes epidemic would create solutions.
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    Whoever they have in mind to work this useless proposed program should be forced to get a real job in the private sector, not the government fantasy land. What a waste of our tax money this would be.
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    Use the money for healthcare for all and then diabetics can go to their own doctor
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    Another waste of money, just find a cure. No more studies.
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    Why waste money when the real problem is lobbyists, BigPharma and GMO Food. Let’s focus on a real solution and not fake bandaids.
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    I have little hope that big Pharma wouldn’t influence more BS medical advice for diabetics.
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    Put the money towards a program on healthy eating habits.
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    Status quo isn’t doing anything which is shown through diabetes being on the rise. NIH study that tested children between 2002-2012 shows 1.8% increase per year of type 1 diabetes and 4.8% increase per year of type 2 diabetes. The amount of funds needed is a drop in the bucket for the US because of our already huge national debt. The impact of saving lives and keeping Americans healthy far outweighs the monetary cost.
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    I would like to say YEA but no here. Forming a commission when we already have a National Diabetes Foundation who already informs everyone on it’s new findings. It appears to me a brother in law commission. Kind if a waste of money 💰. I work with my doctor and Diabetes Nurse 👨‍⚕️. I also know the National Diabetes Center advertises items to eat that are really bad for you if you are diabetic. So you can imagine what a government funded commission would be like.
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    No committee to oversee what another committee is doing re medical research. Put our money into the research!!
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    This is a bill meant to help gauge where we are in the treatment education and prevention of one of the biggest epidemic diseases diabetes
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    People got to grow up. I am a father. My wife and I stop bringing junk into our home. We spoke to our kids about eating healthy and what it means. My son started eating kale and all sorts of greens because he wants to be healthy. Instead of making a commission, maybe it is better to start teaching children good eating habits. That might help stop the rise of diabetes.
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    This is not a job for the government
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    You’re gonna force people to test for diabetes. What he hell is happening to this country?
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    Obviously even with all of the millennial stuff going on it might seem like everyone knows what’s going on and this does sound like a waste of time and resources. But obesity and diabetes has been growing in numbers every year and nothing that’s been done has even put a dent in the numbers. We can’t just take away bad food until we remove lobbies from the capital, but maybe this can help people realize what’s really going on in America.
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    I just question the governments ability to make meaningful changes as it regards to health care.
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