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Access & Affordability Resources

Tools for Healthcare Savings from ADCES 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.

ADCES Affordability Resource

Find detailed information on manufacturer patient assistance programs, cost savings programs, discount cards and more. 

Find Insulin Cost-Savings Programs Based on the Needs of Your Clients

ADCES is a proud supporter of, a new webpage from Beyond Type 2 created to help people with diabetes find cost-savings programs from manufacturers, governmental agencies, non-profits and more. Simply ask your clients to input their information, all private, and they will get a tailored list of resources available to them.

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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College Diabetes Network's Insurance 101


Affordability and access to critical therapies and technologies continue to be significant barriers for people with diabetes, especially for young adults.

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) has created a downloadable Health Insurance 101 Guide to help young adults with diabetes choose a health insurance plan. Additional resources include: 



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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diaTribe Series on Access

DiaTribe Series on Access

diaTribe, an online publication designed for people with diabetes but also very useful to diabetes care and education specialists, 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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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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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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T1D Exchange Collects Research That Leads to Change


Research conducted by T1D Exchange has led to increased insurance coverage for blood glucose meter strips, changes in American Diabetes Association guidelines for pediatric A1c goals, FDA expansion of Dexcom CGM labeling to include fingerstick replacements, and Medicare coverage of CGM devices.

T1D Exchange is looking for people living with T1D in the US (both adults and caregivers) to participate in an online study that can be completed in just a few minutes from your phone or computer. Participants will be contacted annually to update their information. Registry participants will also be notified when there are other T1D research opportunities open for participation. The T1D Exchange Registry is HIPAA compliant, confidential and does not require you to see a doctor or go to a clinic.

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. Call 833.808.1234 between the hours of 9:00 am and 7:00 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.

Podcast: Listen into a discussion between Dr. Chad Worz, Dr. Javier Morales, Dr. Curtis Triplitt, and a representative from the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center to talk through what the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center (LDSC) offers people with diabetes.” – podcast provided by Lilly Diabetes

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Janssen CarePath

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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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Patient Assistance Program & Resources for Gvoke


myGvoke™: Patient assistance and resources for Gvoke™ PFS (glucagon injection)

  • Gvoke Copay Card- Eligible commercially insured people may pay as little as $25 for the Gvoke Pre-Filled Syringe (PFS) through 12/31/20 with the Gvoke Copay Card. Offer not valid for prescriptions reimbursed under Medicaid, a Medicare drug benefit plan, TRICARE, or other federal or state health programs (such as medical assistance programs).
  • myGvoke also offers a Patient Assistance Program to help those who qualify get Gvoke PFS.
  • To learn more, go to or call 1-877-myGvoke (1-877-694-8653).

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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 ADCES 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

ADCES 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 care and education specialists 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

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