By FOX NEWS Staff ReporterNancy Brackennecchi-JonesFOX NEWS StaffThe Affordable Care Act has not yet covered the cost of lithium medication for diabetics.
According to the American Diabetes Association, lithium is the first type of medication that can treat type 1 diabetes, but it is currently considered a “substance that is not recommended for use.”
The ADA recommends that diabetes be prescribed a prescription for lithium.
The law also requires that diabetic medications be prescribed by a qualified health care professional.
The ADA states that the medication should not be used as a substitute for insulin.
In January, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted unanimously in favor of recommending that lithium be covered by the ACA.
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) issued a statement saying that it “strongly supports” the AMA’s decision to recommend that lithium medications be covered.
However, the AMA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
Lithium medications have become popular in the United States for diabetic patients who struggle with insulin resistance, but they are not covered under the ACA because they are too expensive.
The drug is often prescribed as a daily medication and not covered through Medicaid.
The ACA also requires coverage of diabetic medications by prescription for those without insurance.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) released a statement that said it would not cover lithium medications, despite the ADA’s recommendation.
“In our view, the ADA did not require a prescription to be obtained by diabetos to take lithium and we do not believe that a diabetose should be required to pay for their medication, given that we do know that lithium may cause severe side effects and has a higher risk of side effects than insulin,” the NACDS said in a statement.
The NACSD also said that the association does not endorse or recommend that diastolic blood pressure be measured.