-- President Clinton, August 8, 1997
Today President Clinton announced that the balanced budget he signed into law contains a package of investments to improve treatment, prevention and research for Americans with diabetes -- this package offers new hope to the 16 million Americans who suffer from diabetes. The President's package includes:
Investments in Research -- A new $150 million investment to find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Children who develop diabetes should not have to suffer the devastating consequences of this disease. The new diabetes initiative will increase our annual funding for diabetes research by nearly 10%.
Help For Those in Particular Need -- A $150 million investment to help prevent, treat and cure diabetes among Native Americans. Native Americans are three times as likely as white Americans to have diabetes and far less likely to find adequate treatment for their condition. This grant will bring public health services, schools, and nutrition programs together to reach families and children living on our reservations and provide them with information and tools they need to prevent and manage diabetes.
Protections for People with Diabetes -- A new, unprecedented public-private partnership that will bring our nation's leading health care providers, purchasers, and consumers together to develop uniform guidelines for diabetes care. Through these new guidelines, we can ensure that all doctors provide their patients with the thorough and vigilant care -- such as regular eye and foot exams -- to stay as healthy as possible.
President and First Lady | Vice President and Mrs. Gore