FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswick’s insulin pump program is expanding April 1 to include young adults up to 25 years old.

Insulin pumps result in better management of diabetes and can reduce avoidable hospitalizations.

“The insulin pump program is important to improving the quality of life for residents with Type 1 diabetes,” said Health Minister Benoît Bourque. “The expansion of this program further shows your government’s commitment to increasing access to health care in New Brunswick.”

To be eligible for the program, a person must:

- have a valid New Brunswick Medicare number;

- be a permanent New Brunswick resident;

- be 25 years old or younger effective April 1, 2018;

- have Type 1 diabetes; and

- meet the criteria as outlined in the Insulin Pump Program Policies and Procedures Manual.

Applications will be assessed to determine the applicant’s contribution based upon their income, with the remainder of the cost being covered by the provincial government.

The current insulin pump program only assists parents of children 18 years old or younger.