- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Medicare will soon cover the YMCA of Delaware’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

The News Journal reports (http://delonline.us/22NPFXn) U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Friday that this is the first time such a preventative service program is eligible for expansion into the Medicare program.

Without coverage the program costs about $249 a year.

The program consists of 16 weekly, one-hour sessions and then monthly meetings for up to a year to help participants make lifestyle changes to their diet and exercise routines.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that 12.2 percent of Delaware’s population has type 2 diabetes, and close to 40 percent of the state has prediabetes.

Tricia Jefferson, program coordinator for the YMCA of Delaware, says she expects the full coverage will be in place by 2017.

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