California Diabetes Program Audit Approved
SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Beth Gaines (R-Roseville) received approval yesterday for an audit of the California Department of Public Health's implementation of the California Diabetes Program (CDP). The request received unanimous support from the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC).
The request comes at a time when CDP funds, initially appropriated to directly address diabetes, have been used to fund one of many existing smoking cessation programs, also known as Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS). These programs provide free nicotine patches and 20 dollar gift cards to various convenience stores, simply by calling a toll-free number and giving a Medi-Cal number.
"I have serious concerns about the efforts of the California Diabetes Program moving away from addressing the impact of diabetes directly," Gaines said, "especially when anti-smoking campaigns already get so much funding from various taxes."
Smoking rates plummeted to just 10 percent in 2013, thanks in large part to state and federal taxes on tobacco products. Diabetes, on the other hand, receives minimal funding from the federal government, mostly in the form of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Still, the CDP continues to apply for grants for more smoking cessation programs, allowing diabetes rates to skyrocket.
"The little money that California gets from the CDC should be used for addressing the escalating impact of diabetes - not free nicotine patches and gift cards," said Gaines. "We need to implement an action plan that effectively addresses this terrible disease."
The audit will also examine the appropriateness and effectiveness of the CDP's expenditures, whether they address diabetes directly or indirectly, and whether the Department has maximized the opportunities that the federal grants have given them. The audit will be completed by early next year.
Assemblywoman Beth Gaines represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento and counties.
Print This Article
Placer County News HeadlinesCalifornia Would Create More Jobs Without Prop 30In his recent piece for The Sacramento Bee, "State's job growth defies predictions after tax increases," David Cay Johnston argues that California's recent job creation numbers prove
Sacramento County Opposes Bay Delta Conservation PlanThis week the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors formally submitted comments challenging the findings of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) state environmental
Roseville to Host Senior Softball Western National ChampionshipsRoseville will play host this August to the Senior Softball Western National Championships
Roseville Crime Report Digest Update (7.29.14)Roseville, CA - The Roseville Police Department weekly crime report digest update for July 29, 2014.
Different Standards From Mortgage LendersJulie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, reports on a recent Fannie Mae survey which indicates there may be a growing difference in credit standards between small and large lenders. Which do you think has the tighter credit standards? Check out Julie's article and find out.
PCWA Comments on Bay Delta Conservation PlanDrought Watch: PCWA expresses concern about future water supply reliability for Placer County and claims EIR fails to consider key issues.
Honor Bowl Games at Del Oro August 2014ROCKLIN, CA. - William Jessup University announced today that it will serve as a sponsor for the Northern and Southern California 2014 Honor Bowl football games.
Tahoe Bike Classic Sept. 27 & 28The inaugural Tahoe Bike Classic will take over the Lake Tahoe basin this fall, September 27 & 28, 2014.
Lake Tahoe Marathon Returns September 14thArguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Lake Tahoe Marathon returns to Lake Tahoe on Sunday September 14, 2014. Since its inception in 1995, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has evolved into a premier running event
3 Month Old Dies in Sacramento, Parents JailedAshleigh Smith and the 19-year-old father, Terry Scott, were interviewed, they were both booked that night into the Sacramento County Jail on felony child abuse/neglect charges.
Dropping Gas Prices Lift Summer DriversLocal gas prices continue to drop and bring relief to drivers across California and the nation.
Inter-Faith Task Force Seeks New MembersThe Roseville Police Department is hosting an Inter-Faith Task Force comprised of congregational leaders and security teams for churches and other