House Engrosses Representative Benson’s Diabetes Action Plan Bill

BOSTON – July 8, 2016 – On Thursday, the House of Representative passed to be engrossed H.3871, An Act relative to diabetes prevention, a bill State Representative Jennifer Benson filed and has fought hard for this legislative session. The bill would establish a Massachusetts Diabetes State Action Plan through the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

“I was proud to see action on the diabetes prevention bill in session today,” said Representative Benson. “Diabetes impacts 10% of our state’s population, and that number is continuing to rise.”

This bill would require the Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop a state action plan to combat the frequency of the disease. If the bill is signed into law this session, DPH would be required to work with the Health Policy Commission, the Center for Health Information and Analysis, the Group Insurance Commission and the Division of Medical Assistance, to create a strategy to reduce the prevalence and impact of diabetes in the Commonwealth. The action plan would also include tactics to improve diabetes care and best protocols to control complications associated with diabetes.

“Diabetes is projected to grow rapidly in the Commonwealth over the next several years,” said Representative Benson. “By 2025, the number of individuals living with the disease will increase 61%. That is a daunting number. It is critical that we act quickly, and pass the bill into law this session so we can be proactive and comprehensive in confronting the disease.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for engrossment.