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Access & Affordability Resources

Tools for Healthcare Savings from AADE and our Partners

Affordability Resources

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.

AADE Insulin Affordability Resource


Find detailed information on manufacturer patient assistance programs, cost savings programs, discount cards and more. This resource was created by the AADE Pharmacy Community of Interest.

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Resources for People Living with Diabetes

Advocate for and Obtain Affordable Insulin

Affordable Insulin Project

The Affordable Insulin Project offers tools, resources and data so that people impacted by rising healthcare costs can advocate for affordable access to this life essential drug. Includes a guide to help employers understand the benefits of offering affordable insulin in their plan benefits and resources to help those with no insurance or high deductible plans lessen their costs.

AACE Prescription Savings Directory

Prescription Savings Directory

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.

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Type 1 Diabetes Health Insurance Guide

JDRF Insurance Guide

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.

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Young Adults and Caregivers: Know Your Rights

CDN Resources

The College Diabetes Network has created a series of booklets that help young adults and those going off to college manage their diabetes and understand their rights when it comes to access at school and at work. Also available is a companion guide for caregivers.

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College Diabetes Network

diaTribe Series on Access

DiaTribe Series on Access

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. 

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Clinical Trials Matching Tool

Get access to clinical trials that contribute to preventing and treating diabetes and its complications.

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Helping your patients with exceptions and appeals


A step-by-step guide for helping people with diabetes request access to non-formulary therapies and appeal coverage denials by Medicare or commercial insurance.  

Guide for Healthcare Professionals

Guide for People Living with Diabetes

Patient Assistance Resources from Lilly

Insulin Affordability Solutions

Lilly is offering a helpline for people needing assistance with affording their insulin. They can call 833.808.1234 between the hours of 9:00 am and 8:00 pm (ET), Monday through Friday.  

Lilly also 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.

Also available to those prescribed Trulicity: New resource to learn about the medication’s list price, average out-of-pocket costs and patient assistance programs.

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Janssen CarePath

Janssen CarePath

Patient Assistance Program and Resources from Janssen:

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10 Tips to Help Patients Afford Their Medications

10 Tips to Help Patients Afford Medications

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.  

Educator Resources

Non-Medical Switching: Ways to Help Your Patients Obtain the Medications That Were Prescribed for Them

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. 

Forced Non-Medical Switching

Forced Non-Medical Switching Tip Sheet

The Role of the Diabetes Educator in Diabetes Formulary and Medical Device Decisions

The Role of Diabetes Educators in Formulary and Medical Device Decisions

A 2017 Position Statement of the American Association of Diabetes Educators that advocates for diabetes educators to be a part of discussions.

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