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Alberta now has insulin pump program for ALL ages

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By: FatCatAnna

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I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Mar 27, 2013 18:42
  • Alberta now has insulin pump program for ALL ages
    Congratulation to Chris Miller,  a Type 1 diabetic (T1D) and online friend of mine from Edmonton, Alberta. He recently made the news in his province of Alberta after the budget for 2013 proclaimed pump coverage for ALL age groups.  

    Currently, the only province in Canada that has pump coverage for all ages is in Ontario (somehow don't think the news room at CTV Edmonton did their research as they claimed Alberta was the only province to do that ).  I know here in the province of Quebec where I live, we have coverage, but sadly, 2 years later, it is only T1D's under 18 that qualify.  The good thing once you are in the program and keep on meeting the criteria to keep pumping, coverage continues past that age. It's folks like myself, old D-farts as I like to call myself - that can't apply for insulin pump coverage - either you have private insurance or you pay out of pocket for pump/supplies.

    Here is the link for the article - as well as the video - very proud to see a fellow diabetic advocate making the news!!!  One day - I hope not only to find a CURE for diabetes - but also pump program that is country wide - similar to other countries around the world (Germany, England, New Zealand).

    And yes, Chris is holding an Animas(shiver me timbers) PING in the picture above (he is well aware of the issues with the END DATE of the s/w on this particular model that I've been blogging about over the months here at Diabetes1.org).  So far - he's not having any complaints about being on a pump - as it's still under warranty as he just received it this past summer.  A big change for him after almost 40 years of being a human dart board!!! 

    Also, recently a poll was taken in Nova Scotia (on the east coast of Canada).  It was commissoned by the Canadian Diabetes Association, and 91% of Nova Scotians want the province to help people get access to the pump.  Whoo! Whoo!

    To find out what provinces here in Canada have pump coverage - check out further information at Diabetes Advocacy - run by Barbara Wagstaff an RN and mother of a T1D son.
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