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Michigan recently joined California and Texas as one of 43 states that now mandate payers to cover necessary diabetes supplies and services. Gov. John Engler (R-MI) signed the law, which is the first health reform measure enacted in that state in more than a decade. The Diabetes Cost Reduction Act requires Michigan-regulated health insurance and managed care policies to cover the following:
Case managers working in Michigan should be aware that the new law also requires health plans to develop educational programs designed to prevent type 2 diabetes in at-risk Michigan residents. That’s a tall order in view of a finding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta that more than 2 million Michigan residents are at risk of developing diabetes. The CDC further reports that Michigan experienced a staggering 67% increase in the incidence of diabetes over the past decade.