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Getting Affordable Insulin is Simpler Than You Think

Two in five Medicare patients with diabetes (40.9 percent) reach the Medicare Part D coverage gap, and are responsible for the full cost of their prescription drugs. For those people with diabetes who are enrolled in Medicare, as well as those who have commercial insurance or are uninsured, paying for insulin and diabetes care may feel like another burden – but it doesn’t have to be. Eli Lilly and Company launched a nationwide campaign – Insulin Affordability: Learn. Act. Share. to provide people who take Lilly insulins with the resources to Learn about their affordability options, Act to access them, and Share this information with others who need it.

The Impact of Diabetes

According to the CDC, over 34.2 million adults in the United States have diabetes and in the last 20 years, that number has doubled. Diabetes is a serious disease; it’s the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and it’s the number one cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations and adult blindness.

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The Importance of Insulin

To prevent these serious complications, insulin therapy may be an essential part of your diabetes management. Taking insulin regularly when your body isn’t producing it on its own helps keep blood glucose levels healthy and prevent diabetes complications. However, the high list prices of insulin, before insurance coverage kicks in, has resulted in some people taking less than the prescribed dose of the medication.

Lilly is addressing this cost barrier for many people through several affordability programs including Lilly’s participation in the Medicare Part D Senior Savings Model, the Lilly Insulin Value Program, and donating insulin to free clinics.

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Lilly’s Insulin Affordability Solutions

Lilly’s affordability options are part of their commitment to help anyone who needs Lilly insulin access it for $35 for a monthly prescription. Information about all of Lilly’s affordability options is available at InsulinAffordability.com. There, you can learn about:

  • Medicare Part D Senior Savings Model
    Starting on January 1, 2021, Lilly will participate in the Medicare Part D Senior Savings Model to help ensure beneficiaries can access their Lilly insulin for $35 per monthly prescription. If you are enrolling in Medicare Part D, you can go to InsulinAffordability.com and enter your zip code in a new plan finder to find Part D plans covering Lilly insulin in the program. During open enrollment from October 15 through December 7, it’s important for seniors who use insulin to enroll in a participating Medicare Part D plan.
  • Lilly Diabetes Solution Center
    Lilly launched the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center in 2018 to help those with diabetes learn how they can lower the cost for insulin at the pharmacy based upon their personal circumstances. Two years after it opened, the Solution Center and related affordability solutions are helping up to 20,000 people a month lower their out-of-pocket cost for insulin at retail pharmacies.
  • The Lilly Insulin Value Program
    The Lilly Insulin Value Program was initially geared toward people struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will continue beyond the crisis. The way it works is simple: Lilly insulin patients with or without health insurance can call (833) 808-1234 from Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm (EST) or visit InsulinAffordability.com to get a savings card in the way most convenient to you, including email or U.S. mail. For people with commercial insurance, or no insurance at all, the card will make your copay for a monthly prescription at retail pharmacies just $35. People enrolled in the program will need to renew their card in 2021.
  • Free Lilly Insulin at Participating Clinics
    Lilly donates insulins to select clinics, allowing qualifying people in need to access those insulins free of cost. To find out which clinics may have access to this insulin, call (833) 808-1234 on Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm (EST).
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Lilly’s Insulin Affordability: Learn. Act. Share.

The key to making sure you can get the insulin you need at a price you can afford is to Learn about your options, Act by accessing the savings program that’s right for you, and Share what you’ve learned with friends or family who need it too.

Anyone who uses Lilly insulin and needs help with insulin affordability can call the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center at (833) 808-1234 and speak with a knowledgeable healthcare representative who understands insulin and the unique needs of those with diabetes. They can provide a solution that is cost-effective and customized to each caller’s specific needs. The call typically lasts about 10 minutes and there’s no paperwork. The Solution Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm (EST).

Putting Health First

Cost should never play a role in getting much-needed medications such as insulin. For people living with diabetes, Lilly’s suite of affordability options is helping them get the medicine they need, whether they have insurance from an employer, Medicare, or no insurance at all.