Talk about targeted. Consumers scrolling through the health plan options on the insurance marketplaces in a few states this fall may come upon plans whose name — Leap Diabetes Plans — leaves no doubt about who should apply.
When it comes to treating chronic conditions, diabetes drugs aren’t nearly as sexy as say, Sovaldi, last year’s breakthrough hepatitis C drug that offers a cure for the chronic liver infection at a price approaching six figures.
People taking antipsychotic medications for serious mental illnesses lost significant amounts of weight and improved their glucose levels by participating in a lifestyle-change program, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online in the American Journal o
People with diabetes are 50 times more likely to develop a foot ulcer than those without, and diabetes-related foot problems are a leading cause of hospital admissions among people with diabetes. It’s the number one cause of medical amputations, which run a total cost of $80,000, including the surgery itself, wound care, prosthetic fitting and follow up treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
June 28, 2013 — The House passed a bill that will require insurance companies to cover the prenatal medical needs of diabetic women at no extra cost during pregnancy.
November 7, 2012 --– Linda Stronzinsky has been diabetic for 20 years. She's a part-time cashier and is barely making ends meet – and she has no health insurance. And, until she visited the Casey Eye Institute's Outreach Van this year, her eyes hadn't been examined for 12 years.
October 11, 2012 -- Susan Chaney is convinced insurance companies are some of the highest profiting companies in America at the expense of people such as herself who deserve the right to affordable healthcare.
She spoke out after her husband, Jerry, a diabetic, was hospitalized at Kaiser Sunnyside in January for a foot ulcer that had gone undiagnosed.
After receiving the bill, Chaney realized their deductible and co-insurance hadn’t been met. That, she said, was never the issue.