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WEA Trust Partners with Livongo Health to Pioneer High-Touch Diabetes Management Program in Wisconsin's Public Sector

MADISON, Wisconsin
– Public employees in Wisconsin who have diabetes can now access Livongo Health’s end-to-end diabetes management program through a preferred partnership with WEA Trust.

WEA Trust is partnering with Livongo Health, the leading consumer digital health company focused on chronic conditions, to improve the quality of life and high cost of care for Trust members with diabetes.

“No matter which way you slice it, diabetes-related care is a top driver of health care costs in Wisconsin,” said Dr. Tim Bartholow, WEA Trust’s Chief Medical Officer. “Engaging members to track their diabetes regularly and then giving them real-time feedback is essential to managing care and cost.”

Livongo combines human support, real-time data, and technology into a seamless diabetes management program that truly engages participants. WEA Trust members who participate in Livongo will receive an interactive cellular glucose meter and free, unlimited test strips. The smart meter gives instant feedback to members on their blood glucose (BG) levels, and Certified Diabetes Educators are available 24/7 to answer questions or reach out when BG levels are out of range.

The Trust is pleased to offer Livongo at no additional cost to its members.

The potential for better diabetes care and cost control is great. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, more than 475,000 adults in Wisconsin have diabetes, costing $6.15 billion annually in medical costs and reduced productivity. On average, Livongo program participants who utilize the latest technology and coaching decrease their HbA1c over time – and this reduction in average BG measures can drive between 2.5x - 5.5x ROI.

“We are already seeing results,” said Dr. Bartholow. “WEA Trust piloted Livongo with four large public employer groups in early 2016, and initial feedback and cost savings are strongly encouraging. I can’t wait for our entire customer base to take advantage of this program.”

Livongo Health’s program is FDA-cleared and is the first program of its kind to receive the seal of approval from AADE’s Diabetes Education Accreditation Program.

WEA Trust is committed to helping customers reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes. Livongo joins WEA Trust’s portfolio of other health and wellness resources, including Amwell’s virtual doctor visits and Vitality’s turnkey wellness program.

About WEA Trust
The WEA Trust provides group health coverage and administrative services to public employers throughout Wisconsin. The not-for-profit WEA Trust was created in 1970 to serve Wisconsin school district employees. Today, the WEA Trust offers its top-rated service and quality benefits to all state, county, and municipal groups.

About Livongo
Livongo is the leading consumer digital health company that empowers people with chronic conditions to live a better life. Livongo has developed a completely new approach for diabetes management