How to cope with the cost of diabetes supplies during COVID-19
As COVID-19 shutters companies, Americans are uncertain about money as many lose their jobs or are placed on furlough. For people with diabetes, covering the costs of daily care can be a worry.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical costs for people with diabetes are 2x higher than for people without diabetes,1 bringing questions about health insurance to the forefront. The American Diabetes Association offers valuable information about insurance and recent reforms that improve access to coverage. Details are available on the ADA website. Beyond Type 1 also tackles this topic, citing several resources.
For free or discounted supplies, coaching, data management and delivery, there are a variety of programs in place that may be helpful. Roche Diabetes Care offers the following support:
- If you’re having remote appointments with your healthcare provider, you may want to check out the mySugr Pro app, now available free of charge. The mySugr Pro app enables users to create and share detailed PDF reports of their aggregated diabetes data from Accu-Chek blood glucose meters, blood sugar levels, carbohydrate intake, stress levels, insulin dosages, medication, and estimated HbA1c with their healthcare team. This efficient overview of information helps healthcare providers recognize patterns and individualize guidance. It may help prompt questions for discussion with your healthcare provider that will make your remote visit even more satisfying. Unlock the mySugr Pro features for free and stay connected with your healthcare provider. This offer is valid until September 30, 2020.
- If you're staying at home, you can receive free shipping and special offers on Accu-Chek diabetes testing supplies delivered to your door. Accu-Chek glucose meters, test strips, lancing devices and lancets are available online with free home delivery. No prescription is required.
- Subscription service or cash discount programs are ideal for people with high co-pays or high deductible health plans and for those with no insurance. The Accu-Chek subscription comes with a free Accu-Chek Guide Me meter and starts at $19.99 per month. The program allows you to customize how many test strips you need and how often you want to get shipments, up to 300 test strips per month. No prescription is necessary.
Other resources you can consider:
Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services so you can stay connected and avoid risk or spread of infection. Visit medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus and read the FAQs for more information.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has a page on its site, Financial Help for Diabetes Care.
2The Accu-Chek Guide SimplePay subscription program is a monthly subscription for Accu-Chek Guide test strips. You are not eligible to participate in the subscription plan if you are enrolled in or have medical or prescription coverage through any government healthcare program, including but not limited to Medicare and Medicaid, or where otherwise prohibited by law. Program may be changed or discontinued any time without notice.