New Jersey

IMG_0887The PATHS team began conducting interviews with stakeholders in New Jersey in the fall of 2012. After many interviews and focus groups, as well as significant independent research, the team drafted a report describing the type 2 diabetes landscape in the state, as well as opportunities to improve prevention and management of the disease. The team vetted the report with stakeholders through several rounds of consultation, and published “The 2014 New Jersey State Report: Providing Access to Healthy Solutions” in March 2014.

The PATHS team hosted the New Jersey Diabetes Leadership Forum as the public release of the Report. Legislators, state agency policymakers, and community leaders attended the event to learn about the findings and recommendations in the report and discuss priorities for moving forward. The Forum was successful in bringing together key advocates from both the primary prevention and health care sectors in an effort to address type 2 diabetes across the state.

Following the Forum, the PATHS team sent a survey to all attendees and other key stakeholders in order to select top advocacy priorities. Stakeholders identified the following top priorities:

Health Care System:

  • Add reimbursement for the Diabetes Prevention Program to the Medicaid program
  • Add reimbursement for diabetes self-management education and support and medical nutrition therapy to the Medicaid program
  • Add coverage for all recommended diabetes equipment and supplies to the Medicaid program

Food and Physical Activity:

  • Increase standards for physical activity in New Jersey schools
  • Increase state funding for SNAP and WIC fruit and vegetable programs
  • Invest in healthy food retail

Beginning in the spring of 2014, the PATHS team began working with stakeholders and policymakers in New Jersey to pursue these priorities. Specifically, New Jersey advocates are currently working with New Jersey Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD, to promote legislation that will add the Diabetes Prevention Program, diabetes self-management education, medical nutrition therapy, and all recommended diabetes equipment and supplies to the state Medicaid program. See New Jersey State News and Updates for legislative developments.

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For more information on New Jersey policy priorities, see our fact sheets on key topics, below: