Department of Health and Wellness Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program (NSIPP)
Update – August, 2015
In April 2015, the NSIPP was expanded to provide insulin pumps in addition to pump supplies for those individuals with Type 1 diabetes up to and incuding age 25. Application forms, FAQ and the NSIPP website (at http://novascotia.ca/dhw/nsipp) have been revised to reflect this age change. For information about NSIPP, please contact the NSIPP coordinator at 902-470-6707, toll-free at 1-855-306-6360, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NSIPP Medical Eligibility Criteria for Pump Initiation/Pump Supplies
- NSIPP-approved Diabetes Centre Requirements
- Requirements for a Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program (NSIPP)-approved Diabetes Centre: Site Self-Assessment
- Health Authority Insulin Therapy Policy
- NSIPP Diabetes Centre Process Checklist
- NSIPP Poster (for Centre use)
Update – September 16, 2013
As we told you in July: The Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program will begin taking applications Monday, Sept. 16.
Here’s how the Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program will work:
- The program will help with the cost of insulin pumps and pump supplies for Nova Scotians who are under 19.
- It will help with the cost of pump supplies for Nova Scotians aged 19 to 24.
- Not all families will qualify for the same amount of assistance under the program; it will be based on family income and family size. This will allow the most help to those who can least afford insulin pumps and pump supplies. Applicants can estimate how much funding they might receive using a calculator on our website: http://novascotia.ca/dhw/nsipp.
- Nova Scotians must also be medically eligible for the program. This means they must work with their diabetes care team to ensure they know how to manage their diabetes using pump therapy. This will help to ensure their safety while using an insulin pump.
The Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program has been designed to be as easy to apply for as possible. Nova Scotians who are interested in the program are invited to fill out an application form (available on the website) and send it to the program administrator. The administrator will calculate their copayment and send back an agreement for the applicant to sign. Once a signed agreement is in place, a Diabetes Centre will be in contact to set up an appointment to determine their medical eligibility.
When a child or young adult is determined to be medically eligible for the program, they or their parents will deal directly with the insulin pump vendor to make their co-payment, arrange a payment plan if needed, and receive their pump or pump supplies.
Questions about the Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program should be directed to the website at: http://novascotia.ca/dhw/nsipp or contact the Nova Scotia Insulin Pump Program at 470-6707, toll-free at 1-855-306-6360, or by email at: email@example.com.
The NSIPP will include funding for insulin pumps and insulin pump supplies such as insertion sets. Patients will still need to purchase insulin and other diabetes supplies such as test strips. These products are covered through the Family Pharmacare program. If families are not currently using the Family Pharmacare program, please encourage them to apply at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/health/pharmacare/family_pharmacare/family_pharmacare.asp.