There's nothing quite like wondering how you're going to pay for prescriptions. I find it odd that we usually don't know what our out-of-pocket cost will be until we're standing in front of the pharmacy staff and praying that we have enough in our wallet to cover it. I often feel like a reality show contestant waiting for the grand total. My pharmacy-based reality show would probably be called "The Biggest Payer," or perhaps "The Amazing Guess," or, aptly, "Survivor." If you've ever walked away from the pharmacy counter embarrassed, panicked, or depressed, you know the feeling I'm referring to. It's a pain no prescription can cure.
When I think about my greatest diabetes-related fear, the first thing that comes to mind isn't complications. It's health benefits. It may seem funny that my fear of health problems is second to my concerns about health insurance, but without coverage my good health would be close to impossible to maintain.
A group of researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, conducted a study on parental worry and its effect on children with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). The study was published in The Diabetes Educator, July/August 1992.
On August 17, Animas Corporation and the Diabetes Trust Fund announced the creation of The Diabetes Trust Fund Insulin Pump Plan, valued at $200,000. The program will be aimed at offering insulin pumps and supplies to type 1 children and teens in financial need.
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