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Senate health committee considers diabetes bill

Wednesday, August 7, 2019  
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The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services considered legislation on Tuesday that would require the Department of Health Services to develop a plan to tackle diabetes.

The bipartisan proposal would direct DHS to develop a plan aimed at reducing the incidence of the disease and improving care for it. DHS would have to work with other state agencies and submit a biennial report to the Legislature on the work.

"We must work to reduce, prevent and better manage diabetes in the state,” said Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison. "We know that this will not only improve the lives of numerous Wisconsinites, but it will also save lives and it will save our state billions of dollars every single year."

The Assembly Health Committee heard testimony on the proposal last month.

The committee also heard testimony on appointments to various state boards and councils.