We are a community based resource hub for diabetics of all types. 100% volunteer run. We do not utilize means testing: anyone who requests help with diabetes related costs is eligible to receive it.
We seek to create a platform for those in our community who have been systemically erased from the conversation around insulin and medication access, especially members of the diabetes community who are (but not limited to) Black, Indigenous, Latinx, type 2, LADA, MODY, type 3C, CFRD, fat, incarcerated, immigrants, un/under-documented, trans, and who have co-occurring disabilities.
Who is Mutual Aid Diabetes, and what do we do?
Many of us have relied on mutual aid due to rationing insulin and supplies, and many of us have provided direct aid.
Mutual Aid Diabetes (MAD) was formed in response to the insulin crisis in the United States. We are a group of diabetics who saw a need, especially during the pandemic of COVID-19, to more formally organize mutual aid efforts in the diabetes community.
- Jen C., Community Member
MAD in the media
Learn more about our organizers and how we work:
"[Lauren Figg, MSW] helps connect diabetic community members with long-term solutions to obtaining insulin, insulin-resistance medication, and supplies. Figg tells Teen Vogue that the legislation proposed so far, like copay caps, leave out 'the most vulnerable diabetics — the uninsured, who are most at risk for hospitalization for rationing and complications.'"
Diabetes drug, Ozempic, causes controversy as people clamber to use it for weight loss side effect.
Op-Ed: This Diabetes Drug Is Being Prescribed Off-Label for Weight Loss. Now There’s a Shortage. Could Hollywood's latest obsession with thinness be to blame?
Human Rights Watch
Read the 92-page report: “If I’m Out of Insulin, I’m Going to Die” which details why US insulin prices abuse human rights and features MAD organizers Allie, Emily, and Zoe.
Wall Street Journal
How a Diabetes Drug Became the Talk of Hollywood, Tech and the Hamptons: Ozempic and other injections meant to treat chronic medical conditions are in high demand among elites looking to lose a little weight. ‘This is the Hollywood drug.’
Abortion Bans Will Kill Diabetic People. Already hit with crushing insulin prices and health issues, diabetics say the end of Roe v. Wade scares the hell out of them—for good reason.
Diabetics Doing Things Podcast
"MAD cannot be bought by anyone. All of our money is no strings attached money. We're not partnering with any corporations. That means that we don't need to answer to anyone. The community can just decide what's best for itself."
As insulin costs keep rising, research suggests that about 25% of diabetics have had to resort to rationing their insulin, despite the very real health risks associated with doing so.
Diabetics turn to one another for help: A conversation with Allie Marotta of Mutual Aid Diabetes.
Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting
“These systems are set up to continue gouging people for their money and also to create this continual need,” Miller said. “So, we are already seeing a bunch of people re-submitting requests for us. But we do our best to try and give them creative options so that maybe we don’t need to.”
"Designer and developer Kathryn Yu made a game based on the real life story of Mutual Aid Diabetes and NY #Insulin4All activist Allie Marotta and her experience having to ration insulin."