On August 17, Animas Corporation and the Diabetes Trust Fund announced the creation of The Diabetes Trust Fund Insulin Pump Plan, valued at $200,000. The program will be aimed at offering insulin pumps and supplies to type 1 children and teens in financial need.
The Diabetes Trust Fund will provide $100,000 for the first year of the plan to cover the insurance co-pays and deductibles associated with obtaining an insulin pump. The plan is designed to provide children under 18 years of age (or students under age 23) the means to benefit from the most advanced diabetes management technology.
“While most medical insurance plans cover insulin pumps, the co-pay and cost of supplies can put pump therapy out of reach for many families,” said Katherine Crothall, PhD, CEO and founder of Animas Corporation. “Our goal is to provide financial assistance to families who otherwise might not be able to afford pump therapy.”
With its $100,000 matching pledge, Animas will pay for the insurance co-pay of the disposable items necessary to maintain pump therapy-such as cartridges and infusion sets-for the life of the Animas pump. Animas Corporation will also provide patients with patient education and round-the-clock customer service.
For more information on The Diabetes Trust Fund Insulin Pump Plan, visit www.diabetestrustfund.org or www.animascorp.com or call the Diabetes Trust Fund at (800) 577-1383.