Today the government of Manitoba announced that it is establishing two new programs to pay for advanced glucose monitors and insulin pumps for people aged 25 years and younger.

Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon says the government is establishing a new program for Manitobans with type 1 diabetes for the first time in the province’s history.

“We will be covering the cost of advanced glucose monitors for children and youth 25 years old and younger.”

The government is expecting that over one million Manitobans may seek coverage for advanced glucose monitors, and up to 200 more will be able to use insulin pumps with no up-front costs under these programs.

Currently, insulin pumps don't cost money for Manitobans under the age of 18, through the Manitoba Pediatric Insulin Pump Program.

The new support for advanced glucose monitors is coming into effect on September 28th, and the support for pumps is coming into effect in November.