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Changes to diabetes coverage? Rising insulin costs? Make sure your voice is heard.

Managing diabetes is complicated enough—without wondering if your insurance will cover the necessary treatment and supplies, or if you can continue to afford insulin. So, without getting political, we'd like to talk a bit about what may be on the horizon, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Coverage for preexisting conditions, including diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong, expensive disease. Before the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) prevented insurance companies from denying people coverage due to preexisting conditions, many with diabetes went uninsured or found themselves unable to change jobs without losing coverage.1

Last month, the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a replacement ready. Because there is no other plan on deck, we can't be sure whether it would also cover preexisting conditions, or what might happen in the meantime.

Increasing costs of insulin

As you've probably already noticed, the cost of insulin has been rising faster than many other necessities. Yet for many people with diabetes, it's as essential as air or food. The American Diabetes Association has already asked Congress to step up to seek a solution, but it's hard to know what to expect under a new healthcare law. 

What you can do

  • Add your name to the ADA petition to support affordable insulin. It takes just a minute.
  • Sign up with DPAC. Two of the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition's key issues are insulin affordability and retaining coverage for people with preexisting conditions. They'll keep you informed and lobby elected officials to do the right thing. It's free, so join now.
  • Call or write to your legislators. The U.S. Government lookup site will help you find your senators and representatives. A quick phone call to say "I'm a constituent and I'm counting on you to make diabetes care and coverage a priority" makes a powerful statement.
  • Find the best price. Use GoodRx to find the least expensive provider of any prescription near you.
  • Ask about discounts. Many pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers, including Roche, offer assistance for people who can't afford their products. Before you consider stretching or skipping doses, find out if help is available for you.

1Burge MR and Schade DS. Diabetes and the Affordable Care Act. Available at: Accessed January 23, 2017.


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