As people with diabetes ourselves, and advocates on behalf of the young adult community with diabetes, we are outraged by the current environment we live in - where profits are prioritized over lives. We believe that the most effective solutions for patients will only come through dialogue and problem solving with those involved at all levels. We don’t expect this to be easy, or fast, but we are committed to being a driving facilitator of this conversation and its possible solutions for all people with diabetes.
As we all know, patients are struggling because of access and affordability issues today. We at CDN believe it is our responsibility to ensure our community knows of, and utilizes, emergency support, patient assistance programs, and support services offered through partner organizations when they are in need.
We believe that the most effective solutions for patients will only come through dialogue and problem solving with those involved at all levels.
In order to fulfill our CDN’s mission as an organization, CDN uses a collaborative approach to the diabetes sector through partnerships and our Corporate Membership Program. Because of this funding, we are able to provide all of our resources and programs at no-cost to our constituents. In order to reach all in the diabetes community, including those in under-served areas, we believe it’s critical to not charge program fees or for access to our resources. Our Corporate Members allow us to continue to offer all of our resources for free.
We also have been working since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to gather the information young adults need to navigate a change in circumstances and/or insurance coverage. From compiling information on each company’s Patient Assistance Program to highlighting how young adults can access these resources, we have been responding in real-time to this global health crisis, along with our partners Beyond Type 1 and JDRF.
In order to reach all in the diabetes community, including those in under-served areas, we believe it’s critical to not charge program fees or for access to our resources.
Additionally, we launched our We Speak Diabetes resources this year. We know that shopping for, and buying, insurance is a common headache - especially for those navigating this system for the first time on their own. We will continue to expand these resources in 2021, adding more young adult stories via posts and video. Watch for these throughout the coming year.
We will continue to advocate in 2021 for young adults with T1D - on issues like non-medical switching for devices and therapies, as well as calculating student loan debt when considering access to assistance programs. Items that are critical to your well-being and safety, but that are often overlooked when policies are being created.
Together, we will continue to work towards a brighter, healthier future for all of those living with diabetes.