Simplefill’s mission is to help Americans get the assistance they need to pay for the prescription medications they must take to manage chronic diseases like diabetes. Learn more about insulin patient assistance programs, and apply today.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to process glucose, resulting in high levels of blood sugar. It is categorized as either type 1 or type 2, depending on whether the body produces no insulin (type 1) or makes too little insulin or does not effectively use the insulin it does produce (type 2).
- Type 1 diabetes often is referred to as juvenile diabetes, because it typically is diagnosed in childhood. A third type of diabetes, gestational diabetes, can develop during pregnancy and usually corrects itself after delivery.
- Type 2 diabetes may be controllable through diet and exercise, perhaps with insulin or other medications, but type 1 diabetics require regular doses of insulin.
Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to serious side effects such as vision loss, circulatory problems that can necessitate amputations, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, dental disease, neuropathy (nerve damage), and more.
What Are the Different Types of Insulin?
Insulin normally is produced by beta cells in the pancreas. Several types of insulin are available by prescription:
- Rapid-Acting. Some insulins are rapid-acting and last only a couple of hours (e.g. Novolog, Humalog, Apidra).
- Long-Acting. Some insulins are long-acting and continue working for an entire day (e.g., Levemir, Lantus, Basaglar).
- Ultra-Long-Acting. Ultra-long-acting insulins (e.g. Tresiba, Toujeo) have no peak, reducing the risk of low blood sugar.
- Intermediate Acting. Some, less frequently prescribed insulins are intermediate acting and are used primarily for overnight insulin coverage (e.g. Novolin N).
What Insulin Patient Assistance Does Simplefill Provide?
Simplefill understands the necessity of having an uninterrupted supply of insulin to prevent life-threatening spikes in blood glucose levels and longer-term complications that can seriously compromise quality of life. We work to raise awareness of the availability of insulin patient assistance programs that can relieve the financial hardship many diabetics experience as a result of their disease.
We like to think of Simplefill as providing a bridge connecting the people who need patient assistance with the programs and organizations offering it. We navigate the eligibility requirements of such programs on behalf of our members and find the most appropriate options for each individual, whether they are uninsured, underinsured, or having trouble meeting the high co-pays of private insurance policies.
How to Get Insulin Patient Assistance from Simplefill
The first step toward obtaining the patient assistance you need is to apply online for Simplefill membership or call us at (877)386-0206. It won’t be long (typically less than 24 hours) before you get a call from one of our patient advocates who will conduct a profiling interview over the phone. The information we gather through that interview will allow us to identify appropriate insulin patient assistance programs and determine whether you qualify for them.
Once you become a Simplefill member, the ball is in our court. We’ll submit applications on your behalf to the programs we’ve short-listed for you, and then get you enrolled when you’re accepted. There’s no paperwork at all for you to deal with.
We’ll be your advocates for as long as you need us to be. We’ll make sure you always have the insulin you need, and if there are changes to your treatment plan, we’ll get you some assistance paying for any new medications as well.
Become a Simplefill member today to learn more about insulin patient assistance and to get help with enrollment. Start saving on the insulin you need today!