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Social Services for Type 2 Diabetes Help
Managing diabetes involves often overwhelming financial, emotional, and physical commitments. Numerous national and local service agencies can provide the support you need.
By Diana Rodriguez
Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH
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People with type 2 diabetes face significant challenges each day to maintain their health and prevent long-term diabetes complications. Dealing with diabetes can be a lot for one person to take on, both financially and emotionally. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes spend an average of ,744 a year on medical expenses, more than twice the amount spent by people without diabetes.
For those without adequate health insurance coverage and who need help paying for their care and treatment, service agencies offer assistance, provided you meet certain qualifications. Government agencies offering a variety of financial and social services include:
- Medicaid.Qualification for is based on income; it’s a state and federally funded program that offers assistance in paying for medical costs, including those associated with diabetes care. Doctors' visits, prescription medications, and hospital stays may be at least partially covered by Medicaid.
- Medicare.Medicare is limited to people age 65 and older, with the exception of younger individuals who have particular disabilities. is a federal program that helps pay for medical costs, including diabetes care and treatment if you qualify. Coverage and costs vary based on the type of Medicare plan that you have.
- Social Security.The is a federal program that offers disability benefits to people with diabetes who qualify. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be paid out based on inability to work, low income, disability, age, and other criteria. People with diabetes may be able to receive monthly income to help them pay for bills and medical care if they meet Social Security requirements.
- Non-profit and community-based organizations.A number of groups in your community may provide social services or emergency financial aid for people with type 2 diabetes. You can locate your local chapter through the main Web sites of these national organizations:
- Local churches, charities, and community centers.These groups may provide social services and temporary financial help to people with diabetes who need help paying for, managing, or coping with their disease.
For support and education to learn as much as you can about diabetes, turn to these reliable sources:
- National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).The is a government-sponsored social services agency that supports people with diabetes. The NDEP provides education and information for patients and their families on topics such as managing their disease, finding and receiving diabetes treatment, working with dietitians and diabetes educators, and support for coping with diabetes.
- American Diabetes Association (ADA).The offers support, information, education, and help for people with diabetes. The ADA runs local chapters and support groups, along with other services at the community level across the country to help people manage and learn about diabetes.
Organizations like the NDEP and the ADA can help you find service agencies in your area to make sure you get the diabetes care that is so important for your health.
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