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[IP] Diabetes Trust Fund, Animas Corporation To Provide Insulin Pumps To Children
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
Diabetes Trust Fund, Animas Corporation
To Provide Insulin Pumps To Children
New Partnership Offers $200,000
Towards Pumps and Supplies to Families in Need
In an effort to allow more young people with diabetes to enjoy the
benefits of pump therapy, the Diabetes Trust Fund and Animas Corporation,
manufacturer of the R1000 insulin pump, have partnered to create The
Diabetes Trust Fund Insulin Pump Plan.
The program will make need-based financial assistance available for
children and teens with type 1 diabetes whose physician prescribes an
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.
This is a major step for the Diabetes Trust Fund, said Ron Creel,
president of the Birmingham-based non-profit organization. Our emphasis
and motivation in developing this program is the chance to help kids who
have some form of insurance coverage but whose families cant afford the
co-pay and deductible portion of the insulin pump.
With its $100,000 pledge, Animas Corporation 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 their patients with patient education and
round-the-clock customer service.
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.
The plan is open to any insulin pump manufacturer willing to participate.
We are grateful that Animas Corporation has helped us design and fund this
program, and we look forward to having other pump manufacturers
participate, said Creel. We are interested in giving children with
diabetes an opportunity to maintain tight glucose control while maintaining
a flexible lifestyle, said Creel.
Eligible patients must have some form of health insurance that covers a
portion of the insulin pump and be considered a dependent child, based on
the definition of the candidates health insurance plan.
Established in 1964, The Diabetes Trust Fund provides funding for diabetes
research, education and treatment programs. The Diabetes Trust Fund is
dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and to making life better for
diabetics until a cure is found.
Founded in 1996, Animas Corporations mission is to provide
products and services to enable patients with insulin-requiring diabetes to
better manage their diabetes, with the goal of improving the lifestyle of
the patient, reducing long-term morbidity, and decreasing the cost to the
patient and health care system.
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 toll free, (800) 577-1383.
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