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Insulin Prices On The Rise

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The rising cost of insulin has had an impact on diabetics across the United States, including here on the Western Slope.

In order to decrease stress for diabetic patients, School District 51 and Community Hospital have a wellness program to make medication more affordable.

The Diabetes Medication Incentive program was launched back in January 2016 and is available to all D51 staff members, including their spouses and dependents.

There are currently 63 people enrolled in the program but those involved say they hope more patients will have access to it in the future.

"Now I can go back on the insulin that I should be taking and they cover all the cost," said Rebecca Bradshaw, who uses the program.

"People who weren't able to afford insulin before are able to afford it now which helps to manage their diabetes and lower their A1-C's," said Gussie Boyd, Health and Wellness Advocate for Community Hospital.

If you're interested in learning more about the program, visit https://yourcommunityhospital.com/CHP_Wellness_Portal.cfm

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