doctor connecting continuous glucose monitor

Continuous Glucose Monitors

I am happy to share the news that more Nova Scotians living with diabetes will soon be able to better afford the equipment and supplies they need.

Funding of sensor-based glucose monitoring (CGMs) supplies will be available through a new income-based program and existing pharmacare programs. This will be open to Nova Scotians with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who meet specific criteria, including the need for multiple daily injections of insulin or insulin pumps to manage their diabetes.

Nova Scotians with an annual household income of less than $60,000 will pay no deductible. Household incomes between $60,000 and $150,000 will pay a deductible between $500 and $1,000.

The Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program will be expanding by removing the age cap. The program, which helps with the costs of insulin pumps and supplies, is currently only available to Nova Scotians under the age of 26. This will help about 4,000 patients cover those supplies and about 450 more Nova Scotians will be eligible for the Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program.

This is an issue I have been advocating for since I was elected. Thank you to those of you who made me more aware of the barriers that exist to have access and how much of an impact CGMs make in the lives of those living with diabetes and their families.