Policy Action to Lower the Cost of Diabetes Care

Advocacy Overview

Policy Action to Lower the Cost of Diabetes Care

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is committed to supporting policy changes that makes thriving with diabetes possible and invites you to learn more and join us as we lead policy efforts to federally and in states across the country.
Diverse group of people standing against white wall

Making Sense of Rising Diabetes Costs

In November of 2021, the ADA held its first-ever virtual Cost of Care Summit. A diverse group of leading policymakers, people with diabetes, clinicians, advocates, and industry stakeholders to discuss the deep and unparalleled cost of living with diabetes—from the price of insulin and other drugs to the costs borne as a result of certain insurance practices, to the costs of hospitalization and outpatient treatment, to the enormous expense of devices and supplies, diabetes places, and outsized burden on those afflicted with the disease.

Watch Highlights

empty insulin syringes on counter top with insulin vial

Insulin and Drug Affordability

Unaffordable medications can be a death sentence.
Six plain padlocks carved out of wood in row with third padlock painted red

The Cost of Access to Diabetes Technologies

For people with diabetes, access to medical technologies—including those that monitor blood glucose (blood sugar) levels or regulate insulin—plays a vital role in how well their care is managed.
Seven plain human figurines carved out of wood with green figurine in middle connected with green lines

PBM Policies and Their Impact on Drug and Device Costs

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are third-party entities that manage prescription drug and other benefits for health insurers.
Senior patient in hospital bed looking at window

The Costs of Hospitalization for People with Diabetes

People with diabetes are hospitalized at a disproportionately high rate.
Red stethoscope sitting on top of stack of $100 bills

Health Insurance Cost Drivers

For people with diabetes, health care coverage is a key component of accessing health care but, having insurance does not necessarily mean that care will be affordable.
Man jumping across gap with brilliant sunset behind him

Bridging the Affordability Gap: <br>Patient Assistance Programs</br>

Even those with insurance struggle to afford care.

Community Connection

Easily find the diabetes program or resources in your area you've been looking for. Search for almost anything from medical care to education, to nutrition and health. Find resources in every zip code so you can get the help you need wherever you are.