Diabetes is a disease that has become increasingly familiar to the public at large, as more and more people get diagnosed every day. Though that familiarity is a positive in terms of more people recognizing the symptoms and being aware, it may actually work against some, who may think the illness is so common that they underestimate its dangers. The truth is that though Type 2 diabetes is extremely manageable when identified and treated properly, failure to control the problem can result in progressive damage to the body’s essential systems and organs – and even to death.
Those who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and who don’t take timely action face dire consequences, including heart disease and a higher risk of stroke, blindness, kidney disease leading to kidney failure, and infections leading to amputations. If you or someone you love have been dealing with the complications of Type 2 diabetes, then you know that the medical bills for doctor’s visits, medications, and inpatient treatments can add up quickly, especially if your illness has prevented you from continuing to work. Many patients face tough decisions about whether to pay for their regular daily living expenses or their medical bills, and that’s a decision that nobody should have to make.
The good news is that there are plenty of organizations that are working to provide financial help for Type 2 Diabetes patients. Some provide assistance with getting medication at reduced cost or for free; some provide copay assistance; some help with daily living expenses. Below you will find a list of resources that are available to you – it is by no means comprehensive, but provides a good place to start.
About RxAssist: RxAssist provides a comprehensive database of pharmaceutical assistance programs.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
About Partnership for Prescription Assistance: The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.
About RxHope: RxHope is a web-based resource that acts as a facilitator in helping people get their medications for free or for a small co-payment.
Fifth Season Financial
About Fifth Season Financial: Fifth Season Financial offer the Funds for Living Program, a financial assistance resource that helps relieve the financial burden experienced by many people with a serious disease like Type 2 Diabetes. Fifth Season’s program provides funds to people living with cancer or any other serious illness by using their life insurance policy as collateral. The funds you receive have NO RESTRICTIONS. You choose how you want to spend your money. Pay bills, take a vacation, or give a gift to someone you love. It’s your choice! The Funds For Living Program has provided over $115 million in funds to hundreds of families. Learn more: www.fifthseasonfinancial.
About Medtronics: Medtronics offers an innovative Financial Assistance Program to help ensure that patients stay on their therapy and can continue to live their lives, their way. The program provides support for customers living in the United States who use an insulin pump, use continuous glucose monitoring, meet specific income guidelines and have an insurance company that allows for additional assistance. It also provides temporary coverage for specific situations including unemployment within the last 12 months, a gap in insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition, multiple pumpers in one household, and permanent disability (you will need to apply each year).
About Insulin Pumpers: Insulin Pumpers was founded on the belief that nobody should have to deal with their condition alone. Whether they don’t have the income to pay for expensive medical supplies, need advice on finding a qualified doctor, or simply need support and sympathy from others in the same boat, they are committed to helping people with diabetes overcome their challenges. Insulin Pumpers Foundation offers a program that helps bring insulin pump technology to who do not have the financial resources to purchase an insulin pump on their own. Because the organization is small and has modest resources, this program is limited in scope and applicants must meet their selection committee’s medical and financial criteria to be considered as program candidates.
About Amputee Coalition: The organization provides financial assistance for people who need prosthetic care following amput
Relieve financial stress with the Funds For Living Program.