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Review Benefits Coverage

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Employee health and wellness is significantly impacted by the healthcare coverage provided by your company. In addition to coverage, wellness education and activities are important contributors to employee health and productivity, particularly for employees with or at risk for diabetes. Workplace health programs are not add-on benefits but basic investments in human capital, similar to training, mentoring, and other employee development programs.

Check your workplace benefits plans to determine if the following are offered:

  • Coverage for Diabetes Self- Management Education (DSME) for people with diabetes.
  • Coverage for a CDC recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program for people with prediabetes.
  • Diabetes related medications.
  • Annual or as needed eye and foot screenings.
  • Regular A1c testing.
  • Routine testing of kidney function, cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

The American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists provide Standards of Care -- detailed information about appropriate medical care for people at risk for diabetes or with diabetes. 

Many employers try to manage their benefits programs together rather than using a siloed approach.  Employers promote a healthy workforce by managing medical, absence and disability programs together.  Often multiple chronic conditions are addressed in benefit plans.

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