Tools & Resources

Policy Action to Lower the Cost of Diabetes Care

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is committed to supporting policy changes that makes thriving with diabetes possible and invites you to learn more and join us as we lead policy efforts to federally and in states across the country.

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Making Sense of Rising Diabetes Costs

In November of 2021, the ADA held its first-ever virtual Cost of Care Summit. A diverse group of leading policymakers, people with diabetes, clinicians, advocates, and industry stakeholders to discuss the deep and unparalleled cost of living with diabetes—from the price of insulin and other drugs to the costs borne as a result of certain insurance practices, to the costs of hospitalization and outpatient treatment, to the enormous expense of devices and supplies, diabetes places, and outsized burden on those afflicted with the disease.

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Insulin and Drug Affordability

Unaffordable medications can be a death sentence.

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The Cost of Access to Diabetes Technologies

For people with diabetes, access to medical technologies—including those that monitor blood glucose (blood sugar) levels or regulate insulin—plays a vital role in how well their care is managed.

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The Costs of Hospitalization for People with Diabetes

People with diabetes are hospitalized at a disproportionately high rate.


PBM Policies and Their Impact on Drug and Device Costs

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are third-party entities that manage prescription drug and other benefits for health insurers.

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Health Insurance Cost Drivers

For people with diabetes, health care coverage is a key component of accessing health care but, having insurance does not necessarily mean that care will be affordable.

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Bridging the Affordability Gap: Patient Assistance Programs

Even those with insurance struggle to afford care.

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