Diabetes association launches website focused on insulin affordability
The site, makeinsulinaffordable.org includes the petition written by the ADA calling for insulin affordability. Other resources at the website include a description of the effects high insulin prices have on those with diabetes as well as personal stories from diabetes patients and family members.
The petition created by the association calls for increases in the transparency of the insulin supply chain as well as provisions to ensure that all those diagnosed with diabetes have access to the lifesaving medicine. Additionally, the association calls for Congress to conduct hearings with supply chain entities to investigate the recent dramatic increases in insulin prices.
The Stand Up For Affordable Insulin site reports that the average price of insulin increased nearly threefold from 2002 to 2013, creating tough financial decisions for those who live with a diabetes diagnosis and require insulin to survive. To date, the active petition has over 185,000 signatures.
In addition to the petition, the Stand Up For Affordable Insulin site offers multiple resources for including information for those struggling to pay for insulin, including those without insurance; patients with Medicare or Medicaid; and those on limited, employer-based insurance. Finally, the site offers information about local prescription assistance programs.
The American Diabetes Association was founded in 1940 with the mission to prevent and cure the disease that affects millions of Americans. More information can be found at their website diabetes.org.