There are three important steps that employers can take to make the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle change program available to employees:
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Contact your health insurance carrier(s) and ask if the DPP lifestyle change program is a covered health benefit for your employees. Although many healthcare plans offer chronic disease management programs, they typically focus on managing existing diseases. In contrast, the DPP lifestlye change program is an evidence-based program developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes.
If the DPP Lifestyle Change Program is a Covered Benefit…
Great! Ask about coverage details from your business’s health insurance carrier(s). Consider the following questions:
If the DPP Lifestyle Change Program is NOT a Covered Benefit…
Talk to Your Health Insurance Carrier
Start a discussion with your health insurance carrier(s) about how to add the DPP lifestyle change program as a covered benefit for employees. You can ask the following questions:
Or, Consider Covering the DPP Lifestyle Change Program Costs Directly
If your health insurance carrier(s) are not prepared to cover the DPP lifestyle change program, assess if your business can cover all, or a portion, of the costs for eligible employees as part of your organization’s wellness program. Here are some steps you might take:
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Now that you've contacted your insurance carrier(s), the second action step is to discuss the DPP lifestyle change program with your team of executives and stakeholders.