BOSTON, Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- StripSupply, a Boston-based company focused on disrupting the $11 billion diabetic test strip market, announced today it will be waiving monthly subscription fees for both diabetic test strips and lancets for affected federal employees until the government shutdown is over. There are 800,000 federal employees affected by the government shutdown; a great many are struggling to cover basic living expenses while they are no longer receiving paychecks due to a lapse in funding for federal agencies. In the United States, 1 in 10 people live with diabetes, and the cost of testing supplies is often more than $500 out-of-pocket per month. StripSupply does not wish for any Federal employees living with diabetes to suffer from any additional stress while they attempt to maintain their physical health and to cover expenses for housing and nutrition without pay.
"It's been heartbreaking to hear the stories of those affected by the government shutdown, and this is our way of doing something to help," said Jay Hastings, founder and CEO of StripSupply. "It's unacceptable that someone may be in a position where they have to choose between food, rent or medicine. We're doing what we can so that someone doesn't have to make that difficult choice."
StripSupply was founded in 2018 with the goal of making diabetic testing affordable, reliable, convenient, and easily accessible to everyone affected by the disease. The idea was sparked by a family member with diabetes who shared that she was spending more than $100 for a 50-count vial of diabetic test strips at retail pharmacies each month. StripSupply reduces the out-of-pocket burden on consumers by offering a direct-to-consumer monthly subscription service which provides diabetics with an affordable option for test strips.
"When I founded this company, I had no idea the extent of the impact StripSupply would have for people with diabetes," said Hastings. "Over the last year, our team has been very fortunate to build relationships with many people in the diabetic community, to learn their stories and form a bond with them, which is why we are so moved to do our part in giving to those who are in need right now."
If you are a federal employee who is affected by the government shutdown and would like to learn more about this program, email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on signing up for a free monthly subscription.
StripSupply is dedicated to improving access to care by making it affordable and convenient for people with diabetes to purchase high-quality blood glucose testing supplies at a fair price. Through a monthly subscription service, StripSupply offers diabetics affordable, high-quality, FDA-approved test strips without insurance or a prescription. Visit www.stripsupply.com for more information and follow along on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and Twitter.