Wisconsin Public Radio: Lawmakers Look To Address ‘Staggering’ Diabetes Costs In Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Radio: Lawmakers Look To Address ‘Staggering’ Diabetes Costs In Wisconsin

It’s a health problem that a Wisconsin lawmaker calls “staggering” and which is expected to get worse.

Two out of five people living in Wisconsin are expected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, a disease the Wisconsin Department of Health Services estimates costs $5.5 billion annually in health care and lost productivity.

“This is something that is going to be affecting us all and it is a train that has not been able to be slowed down,” Rene Walters, diabetes education supervisor for UW Health, told state lawmakers on Wednesday.

A bipartisan proposal, which got a hearing before the Assembly Committee on Health, would require the state’s Health Department to develop a “diabetes action plan” with data on prevalence and prevention compiled in a report for lawmakers every two years.

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