City Leaders Launch Medicare Diabetes Screening Project in Augusta
Need Is Urgent; Among Seniors with Diabetes, Half Are Unaware; Medicare’s Free Diabetes Screening Benefits Underutilized
“Today, I am proud to announce the start of the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project in Augusta,” said Sen. Tarver. “When diabetes is undiagnosed and untreated, it can be devastating, and new government statistics show that our senior citizens are especially vulnerable.”
According to a study in the
“These statistics show why it is crucial that we create awareness of the benefits that Medicare offers for diabetes screening, and motivate our seniors to ask their health care providers about being tested for diabetes,” said CSRA AAA Director,
Since 2005, Medicare has offered benefits for diabetes screening, but usage of these benefits has been minimal. For people who are ages 65 and older and have one risk factor for diabetes, Medicare offers a free diabetes-screening test in a health care provider’s office, with no deductible and no co-pay. If seniors are found to have pre-diabetes, they are eligible for another free screening in six months.
To encourage use of these benefits, the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project was conceived and launched in 2007 in
“Augusta elected officials and other leaders from the community immediately saw the need for the Project,” said Commissioner
The MDSP will reach out to
Also planned are a series of educational seminars at local senior centers, to be coordinated and implemented by the CSRA Area Agency on Aging. And according to Rev.
The most currently-available estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the prevalence of diabetes is 25% higher in the state of
The Medicare Diabetes Screening Project in
SOURCE Medicare Diabetes Screening Project