Official Statement

American Diabetes Association Pleased Pres. Biden Budget Proposal Prioritizes Diabetes Research and Care

June 2, 2021 | Arlington, Virginia

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) announced today that the organization is encouraged by Pres. Biden’s FY’22 budget proposal for its prioritization of robust funding to support diabetes research, management, and care. 

“This budget request makes it clear that the administration acknowledges the risks posed by diabetes and other chronic conditions and the importance of supporting the millions of Americans with diabetes and prediabetes and their families,” said Tracey D. Brown, CEO of the ADA. “As the ADA continues its fight to prevent diabetes, improve the lives of those living with diabetes and ultimately cure diabetes, we look forward to working with the Biden administration to invest in and improve federal programs that will help us fulfill our mission.”

The ADA is pleased that the proposal seeks to incentivize innovation in treatments and cures, address health disparities, and support the 122 million Americans with diabetes and prediabetes.  The ADA has advocated for many of these policy proposals on Capitol Hill, and will continue to push for robust funding levels for important diabetes prevention and education programs throughout the congressional appropriations process.  

Specifically, the budget request addresses ADA priorities in the following ways: 

  • Proposes a $25.3 billion increase to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) 
    • The NIH would see a $2.5 billion increase in base funding, including roughly $87 million of increased funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). 
  • Broadly seeks to address systemic inequities in access to healthcare, housing, childcare and other services. 
    • Includes increased funding for CDC’s Social Determinants of Health Program to support states in improving health equity.  
  • Proposes several mechanisms to lower the cost of prescription drugs. 
    • Includes requirements for drug makers to pay rebates if drug price increases outpace inflation.   
  • Expands access to healthy foods for low-income Americans. 
    • Seeks a permanent extension of the summer EBT program, giving students who rely on free or reduced lunch access to the same services year-round. 
    • Expands the pool of eligible participants for SNAP benefits.
  • Proposes a permanent expansion of the ACA premium tax credits included in the American Rescue Plan.


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About the American Diabetes Association
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).