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Helping Patients Create Their Diabetes Emergency Kits

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

If your patients are new or resistant to the idea of diabetes emergency kits, they can learn more by watching a video of “how to pack your diabetes emergency kit” or download written plans (available in English and Spanish): Diabetes Emergency Plan. They can learn how to make a Patient Preparedness Plan and how to safely store insulin.

For more information, patients can visit www.Michigan.gov/Diabetes. To find nearby DSMES offerings, patients can visit www.MiHealthyPrograms.org.

Medication Assistance During the COVID Emergency:

During the COVID-19 pandemic drug companies are stepping up to provide relief for those already using their medication. 

  • The American Diabetes Association has gathered many resources and posted them on their website at Insulinhelp.org. Scroll to the bottom of the page. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology also had resources that list help by medication and can be found at Prescription Help.
  • To help locate affordable healthcare and medication patients can visit NeedyMeds.org.
  • Patients can compare pricing for their medications at pharmacies nearest them by visiting GoodRx.com.
  • Other ways for patients to save:
    • Check with their insurance to see if mail order is available. This will minimize exposure with picking up medications at the pharmacy.
    • Check with their insurance companies to see if they can get a 90-day supply instead of 30-days to minimize trips out into the community.
  • For more information, patients can visit www.Michigan.gov/Diabetes.
  • To find nearby DSMES offerings, patients can visit www.MiHealthyPrograms.org.