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Choosing a Health Plan for People with Diabetes (employers/employees)

Diabetes is a serious and common chronic disease. If not managed properly, it can be costly - in money, time, quality of life, and other ways - both for the employee and employer. Fortunately, health care providers and health plans recommend several different ways to control diabetes. As an employee, you may have the opportunity to select from a variety of health plans. If you (or someone in your family) have diabetes, it is important to choose the plan that would best allow you to manage your condition and to prevent the onset of complications, such as heart and kidney disease, and blindness.

Different health plans provide a range of services and medical benefits for people with diabetes. Before choosing your plan, you should review and compare all the different plans' benefits, to determine which one offers the most comprehensive services for your needs. You may also want to discuss your options with your employer (e.g., CEO, benefits manager, human resources manager) and your physician because he or she has a relationship with your current health plan and may be able to help you with your decision.

If your company has only one health plan, be sure that you understand its benefits, so that you get maximum support and appropriate services for managing your diabetes.

Use Guide to Health Insurance 1 as an overall guide for selecting a health plan along with this supplement for specific diabetes-related health plan coverage, services, and benefits.


How Does the Plan Approach Managing Diabetes?


Additional Tips

1A Guide to Health Insurance is available online from the America's Health Insurance Plans


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