Diabetes affordability is top of mind for educators and people with diabetes alike. Navigating the intricacies of health insurance and patient assistance programs can be confusing, especially for someone who is already having to cope with the diagnosis of a chronic disease. Even people with the most comprehensive plans often face challenges and barriers related to access and affordability of their prescribed and preferred diabetes medications, devices and supplies. Below we've provided a series of resources that will give you tools and tips for being an effective advocate for people living with diabetes.
Developed and updated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), in partnership with the American College of Endocrinology (ACE), this online resource assists you with navigating endocrine/diabetes related patient drug assistance programs and resources.
Developed and updated by JDRF, this online resource will help people living with type 1 diabetes navigate their insurance choices, understand their options and learn how to obtain prior authorizations and file exceptions and appeals.
diaTribe, an online publication designed for people with diabetes but also very useful to diabetes educators, developed a series of articles that explain the whys and hows of insurance coverage, workplace benefits and Medicare, and offers practical tips on saving money on medications.
When Insurance Gets Turned Down: Appeals Explained
Diabetes at Work: Your Rights and Benefits
10 Ways to Save Money on Diabetes Care
Making the Switch to Medicare with Diabetes
Skip the Coverage Gap: Maintaining Diabetes Care While Changing Insurance
How to Get Diabetes Drugs for Free
Roche Diabetes Care, makers of Accu-Chek®, joined with Alexa Von Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest.com, who offers her ideas for lowering diabetes costs. Listen in as she shares 3 tips for managing diabetes costs.
Lilly offers a variety of resources to help people with diabetes afford their medications. They include discount programs at pharmacies, prescription savings cards, and helpful information and a checklist for transitioning to Medicare.
A practical resource from the May 2017 issue of AADE in Practice, it provides suggestions for initiating a conversation and offers tips for ways people with diabetes can save on their medications.
An article in the November 2017 issue of AADE in Practice provides an overview of a concerning healthcare trend where people with diabetes are being switched from one medication to another without consent of their provider. Also provided is a handy tip sheet with some of the article's main take-aways.
A 2017 Position Statement of the American Association of Diabetes Educators that advocates for diabetes educators to be a part of discussions.