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Advocating For Your Diabetes Needs

Melissa Lee, Martin Wood, MSLIS, AHIP


Diabetes is expensive. The costs of diabetes-related therapies, drugs, and accoutrements keep many people from taking care of themselves as well as they could. Getting these expensive medications, and the devices to deliver them such as insulin pumps and insulin pens, along with blood glucose monitoring equipment such as meters, strips, and continues glucose monitor systems, can be a test of one’s ability to advocate for themselves, even with health insurance coverage. In this article, we provide some experience-driven tips to guide people living with diabetes on how they can advocate for themselves before and after visiting with their healthcare provider.

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