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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. 

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

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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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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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Prior Authorizations, Step Therapy and Appeals 

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Step therapy or “fail first” policies can adversely impact people with diabetes by limiting access to prescribed medication, delaying appropriate treatment and directly contributing to negative outcomes. Step therapy also undermines the unique treatment needs of individuals in order to reduce pharmacy costs and creates unnecessary barriers to individuals accessing prescribed medications in a timely manner. DiabetesSisters has created a resource to help understand and navigate this process.

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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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NovoCare® provides online resources to help you look up your insurance coverage and find financial assistance for Novo Nordisk medicines.

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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.  

Reduce Insulin Out-of-Pocket Costs

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Personal circumstances and insurance plans vary so there’s no one-size-fits-all shortcut – but for those who are uninsured, under-insured or in a high deductible plan this document may help reduce out-of-pocket cost for insulin and other diabetes medicine and supplies.

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Educator Resources

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

AADE has created a toolkit on a concerning healthcare trend where people with diabetes are being switched from one medication to another without consent of their provider. It includes tip sheets, infographics, advocacy information and other documents that diabetes educators can use to help educate and empower people with diabetes to stay on their prescribed medications when faced with non-medical switching. 

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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