Diabetes Will’s Way is a nonprofit located in Carmel, Ind. serving young people in the United States who have type 1 diabetes. We serve families who land in the type 1 diabetes healthcare gap. These families have access to insurance. But, access to healthcare is still not enough.
Families who qualify for a grant are fighting for their children. But, their deductibles and copays are so high, they cannot afford their child’s monthly prescribed medicines.
For example, insulin still remains unaffordable for many. The reality is one vial of insulin does not equate to a months supply. In other words, type 1 diabetes patients not on a pump, most likely, need 2-3 vials of fast-acting insulin and at least one vial of long-acting insulin. Families are still looking at approximately $500 to $600 per month for insulin alone! Few families can handle that cost month in month out. Yes, insurance can help, but it’s not enough.
Diabetes Will’s Way provides two types of grants. One is for durable medical equipment; primarily insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. The other is an emergency cash grant that helps families in crisis afford daily diabetic supplies like insulin, test strips, syringes, alcohol pads, insertion sets and cartridges.