Starting today, Sept. 16, families of children and young adults with diabetes can start applying for help with the cost of an insulin pump and pump supplies.
The program, announced April 4, is based on family income and size, allowing those with lower incomes to receive the most help.
"We know that insulin pumps and pump supplies are expensive, and we're happy this program can help those who most need it," said Kevin McNamara, deputy minister of Health and Wellness.
Nova Scotians can now apply for support through the program. All applicants must have type 1 diabetes and a valid Nova Scotia health card. They must also work with their diabetes health-care team to ensure they are a good candidate for an insulin pump.
"Investing in an insulin pump program will improve the health of Nova Scotians living with diabetes," said Lisa Matte, Nova Scotia regional director for the Canadian Diabetes Association. "Insulin pumps and supplies can be expensive. This program will put pumps within reach for more Nova Scotians living with diabetes."
There is different coverage for two age groups.
Nova Scotians younger than 19 can get coverage for one insulin pump every five years, and supplies including insertion sets, cartridges and reservoirs, tape, and skin preparation. Those who have turned or will turn 19 between April 4 and Dec. 31, 2013 can also apply.
Nova Scotians between 19 and 24 can receive coverage for pump supplies. Those who have turned 25 between April 4 and Dec. 31, 2013 can also apply.
Families can estimate the amount they will pay using an online calculator at http://novascotia.ca/dhw/nsipp
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The province's insulin pump program is up and running as of
today (September 16th) to help cover the cost of pumps and
supplies for young Nova Scotians.
The program will help pay for insulin pumps and supplies for
people who are 18 or younger. Young adults from 19 to 24
can apply for help with the cost of pump supplies.
Applications are based on family income and family size,
allowing people with the lowest income to get the most help.
For more information, visit Nova-Scotia-dot-C-A-slash-D-H-W
Media Contact: Tony Kiritsis