Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

In addition to being a physical burden, living with diabetes is expensive. The high cost of medications and supplies is one of the crummiest things about having this crummy disease, no doubt. And we know that a lot of folks out there are struggling to pay for the basics they need.

That's why we put together these five tips for how to manage the financial burden of diabetes. Read on.

Tip 1: If You Have Medicare

If you have Medicare, you may not realize how much of your diabetes medications and supplies are actually covered. If you’re under Medicare Health Plan Part B, you have coverage for physician’s services for your diabetes care, screenings for those who are high risk for diabetes or … Read more >>

Tip 2: Shop at Wal-Mart!

If you’re lacking medical coverage but have a little bit of cash on hand, you can get your diabetes supplies for amazing prices at your local Wal-Mart or access their low-cost mail order pharmacy by clicking here. Seriously, the price points are incredible. For example … Read more >>

Tip 3: Check Out Discount Drug Card Programs

Another great resource for uninsured people are discount drug card programs, which offer free or low-cost prescription drugs to those who qualify. To be eligible, you must currently have no prescription drug coverage and you can't be qualified for Medicare. You typically also have to have to fall below a certain threshold for household income. For example … Read more >>

Tip 4: Get Help Directly from Drugmakers

In addition to the Drug Discount Cards listed in tip number three, many pharmaceutical companies offer their own savings programs or discounts on particular products. This is especially helpful if there’s one key medicine you need that you can’t currently afford: you can go directly to the source. … Read more >>

Tip 5: Patient Assistance Programs

Finally, your best bet might be the formal “Patient Assistance Programs” offered at the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA). This organization is “a clearinghouse for more than 475 public and private assistance programs, including 180 offered by pharmaceutical companies.” Part of the PPA’s mission is also to connect people to free health clinics in their community. … Read more >>

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Links to learn more about affordable diabetes resources

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