Ways to Give
Help with diabetes costs
While the price of lifesaving diabetes care can be substantial, there is currently no program that helps alleviate the costs of treating and living with diabetes. Compare that to the millions of people who’ve received financial support for other medical conditions, and it becomes clear how critical it is to create a diabetes assistance co-pay program.
- More and more people are selecting a high-deductible plan to make ends meet every month—as a result, some find they can’t afford the care they need. From doctor’s visits and labs to high deductibles and co-pay requirements for supplies, skyrocketing costs can put a strain on accessing care.
- In 2004, the federal government officially recognized that charitable organizations had a role in filling the gap for those who have insurance, but are unable to access benefits due to an inability to pay the required premiums and copays. The result was definitive guidance for the creation of patient assistance programs.
- For 17 years, millions of patients with various medical conditions have received the financial support to get the care they need through patient assistance programs. The exception? People diagnosed with diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association wants to change this and is raising funds to help open a diabetes assistance co-pay program.
- The program will provide diabetes patients access to grants up to $1,500 annually to help with medical costs, inclusive of in-patient and out-patient costs, including health care provider visits, lab tests, medications, and devices/supplies approved for use in disease management.
- Eligibility is based on a confirmed diabetes diagnosis and income level (up to 300% of the federal poverty level).