New exchange plans from Aetna target diabetes patients

As part of its suite of retooled Affordable Care Act exchange plans called "Leap," Aetna is offering plans specifically tailored for diabetes patients, Kaiser Health News reports. The insurer is offering the gold-level plans in four regions in 2016--Charlotte, North Carolina; Phoenix; Northern Virginia; and southeastern Pennsylvania. They feature $10 co-pays for specialists that diabetes patients often need, a care management program with online tools and coaching, and free blood sugar test strips, glucose monitors and other diabetic supplies. Yet coverage for medications is not any different in Leap Diabetes Plans than in other gold-level plans, KHN points out. Article