National Diabetes Prevention Program

Blue KC is pleased to share a new covered benefit for qualified members! The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a yearlong lifestyle change program designed to help participants lose weight, adopt healthy habits, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. The program focuses on healthier eating, increased physical activity, and managing the challenges that are associated with lifestyle change.

Diabetes Prevention Makes Good Business Sense

In 2018, 1 in 9 (11.6%) Kansas adults reported ever being diagnosed with diabetes. That is more than 250,000 Kansans. Additionally, another 9.7% of the adult population in Kansas has been diagnosed with prediabetes, that is more than 187,000 people.

On top of that, there are many more who go undiagnosed since more than 80% of those who have prediabetes do not even know they have it. Without intervention, many people with prediabetes could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. This means your workforce will be affected and your business impacted:

  • Diabetes-related cost in Kansas each year: direct medical expenses and indirect cost (loss of productivity due to diabetes) are equal to $2.4 billion
  • State Employee Health Plan dollars spent on diabetes related claims in 2018: $45.7 million, an average $10,118 per diabetes related claimant and a 3% per claimant decrease over the previous year

View the Reasons Why Employers Should Be Proactive in the Care and Treatment of Diabetes (PDF).

The Costs to a Workforce with Diabetes in Your Organization

  1. 1. Higher Costs for Health Insurance & Workers' Compensation Insurance
  2. 2. Loss of Productivity Comes in Many Forms
  3. 3. The Actions You Can Take Within Your Organization
  4. 4. The Benefits of Investing in a Diabetes Prevention Program
  5. 5. Join Us Help Us Grow the List

Higher Costs for Health Insurance & Workers' Compensation Insurance

People with diabetes have medical expenses that are approximately 2.3 times higher than the medical expenses of people without diabetes. In the general population, the average total medical expense incurred by people with diabetes is $16,750 per year. All this can impact an employer's health insurance loss ratios, health insurance premiums, workers' compensation medical costs and workers compensation insurance premiums.