Many individuals find they have better glucose control using an insulin pump. That’s great news for your long term health but could create a BIG dent in your pocket book. If your doctor has recommended an insulin pump but you cannot afford one, don’t despair there is financial help for insulin pumps. The insulin pump company may have a program to assist you. Many have some sort of assistance program or they may be able to direct you to other support organizations. Pump companies may even offer you a contracted or reduced rate if you are able to effectively make your case.
If you strike out with the pump company there are still some organizations that might be able to help. Eligibility varies from organization to organization.
Where to apply for assistance
Animas Corporation - Animas has partnered with the Diabetes Trust Fund (for children 21 and under with current health care coverage). 1-877-YES-PUMP (937-7867), ask to speak to Anne Barton at extension 1149.
Ashley’s Diabetes Information Center. This is a for-profit site run by a mother of a child with diabetes. She provides visitors a place to post their diabetes supply needs and encourages others who have extras to share and connects donors with those in need. Donors send supplies directly, to the recipient at their own cost. This is a grass-roots project and donors don’t get tax receipts. E-mail: Kimberly Advent at: KimberlyDAdvent@aol.com
Charles Ray III Diabetes Association offers free diabetes supplies for those that cannot afford the cost, all over the world. Pumps and pump supplies available here. The Charles Ray III Diabetes Association, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Children With Diabetes Foundation – Their mission is to provide diabetes supplies for children with type 1 diabetes who are in emergency situations in which their families are unable to obtain the basic supplies for diabetes care.
Diabetes Trust Foundation - 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294. Phone: 800-577-1383, Fax: 205-975-4976. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Services: The program helps provide pumps for children and teens based on medical and financial need. Pump maker Animas Corp. has partnered with DTF on the program.
Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc. – This insulin pump supplier founded a children’s foundation called Pumps For Kids. The mission of Pumps For Kids is to provide insulin pumps and supplies to children with diabetes who could benefit from pump therapy but whose families cannot afford the cost.
Applications for awarding pumps will be distributed to doctors around the country, who will have the opportunity to nominate kids with the requisite medical and financial need.
For more information about Pumps For Kids call Disetronic Medical Systems, Inc. at 800-280-7801.
Insulin-Pumpers.org, is the largest nonprofit organization serving the needs of insulin pumpers world-wide. Run by dedicated volunteers they offer financial assistance through their Insulin Pumpers Foundation program.
IPump.org, Inc. – Offers some financial assistance to help with the purchase of the pump (see website for qualifications and restrictions). Receives donated, used insulin pumps and when they have available donated pumps they give them for free to qualifying children in need. Contact the Assistance Program Director, email@example.com for more information about programs currently funded.
Islets of Hope – Lists comprehensive assistance programs by state, as well as international resources for other countries. Includes private, corporate, and government programs. Click on “Assistance Programs” in their pull-down menu.
Medtronic Mini-Med – For Insulin pumps and supplies through their Mini-Med Financial Assistance Program. For more information call Medtronic at 1-800-MINI-MED.
State Specific Assistance
The Julie Love Assistance Program For Diabetics, Inc. - Their primary focus is within the state of Michigan, but their programs reach individuals nationwide who cannot afford diabetic medical supplies and are not eligible for private insurance, Medicaid or assistance within their home state. They assist with insulin pumps as well as with supplies. Contact: The Julie Love Assistance Program for Diabetics, Inc., 25521 Karen Street (Office), Oak Park, MI 48237. Phone: 248-548-9628
Diabetes Hope Foundation Medical Assistance Program – 6150 Dixie Road, Unit 1, Mississauga, ON, CA, L5T2E2. Contact Name: Barbara Pasternak, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This Canadian organization provides financial assistance and medical supplies such as insulin pumps or supplies not covered by OHIP for disadvantaged families. Diabetes Hope Scholarship Program provides scholarships to outstanding youth transitioning from pediatric to self-directed adult health care programs as well as transitioning from high school to university or college. They also provide scholarships for underprivileged children living with diabetes enabling them to attend camp for two weeks.
S.U.G.A.R. (Support Unlimited Guaranteed for Appliances Required) – A nonprofit Canadian group that provides assistance for diabetic devices to Canadians. They receive donated insulin pumps and loan them out to clients in need.
S.U.G.A.R. 495 Enfield Road – Burlington, ON, L7T 2X5. Phone: 905-632-0932, Fax: 905-632-0932. E-mail: email@example.com.