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.

“Patient Assistance Programs” are offered accessibly 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.

Also, be sure to check out healthcare.gov, where you can look up affordable private health insurance programs in your state.

One more organization to be aware of is the Patient Advocate Foundation, which provides direct financial support to insured patients, including people covered by Medicare Part D. What they offer is something called a Co-Pay Relief Program, that covers the “co-pay” fees most insurers require. Only people suffering from certain health conditions qualify, but diabetes is definitely included. Learn more at www.copays.org or 1-866-512-3861.

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