WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is providing $6 million in diabetes supports for young Manitobans.
The funding was announced Tuesday and will help establish two new programs to pay for advanced glucose monitors and insulin pumps for individuals aged 25 years and younger.
“Diabetes can be a difficult disease to manage at any age, but this is particularly the case for children and youth, their families and health-care providers,” said Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon.
“This combined $6-million investment will greatly improve the quality of life for young Manitobans with Type 1 diabetes and ease the financial impact on families.”
The province estimates more than 1,000 Manitobans may seek coverage for advanced glucose monitors, and up to 200 more Manitobans will be able to use insulin pumps with no up-front costs under this program.
People who are receiving Employment and Income Assistance will receive advanced glucose monitors, which come into effect on September 28, at no cost. The new diabetes supports for insulin pumps will begin in November 2021.