News Journal article highlighted the announcement from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield that starting in January 2018 it will cover the cost for people to participate in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), making it one of the first comprehensive lifestyle programs the insurance company has covered.

On July 7, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule to transform how Medicare pays for primary care through a new focus on care management and behavioral health designed to recognize the importance of the primary care work physicians perform. The rule also proposes policies to expand the Diabetes Prevention Program within Medicare starting January 1, 2018. This is the first time a preventive service model from the CMS Innovation Center would be expanded into the Medicare program.