Manitoba Adult Insulin Pump Coverage Program

An insulin pump is a small mechanical device that delivers insulin at a steady rate through a very fine needle inserted under the skin. The Manitoba Adult Insulin Pump Coverage Program (MAIPCP) provides coverage for eligible Manitobans 18 years of age and older with type 1 diabetes who need this device.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for MAIPCP, individuals must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a Manitoban with an active Manitoba Health Registration number;
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes;
  • be recommended for insulin pump therapy by an endocrinologist or an approved diabetes specialist
  • have not received an insulin pump under a Manitoba government funded program within the last 5 years; and
  • do not have coverage under a federal program

The MAIPCP came into effect on March 7, 2023. To learn if an insulin pump is right for you, please make an appointment with your endocrinologist or approved diabetes specialist to discuss insulin pump therapy.

What is covered?

The MAIPCP will cover the cost of an approved insulin pump for eligible Manitobans.

A list of approved suppliers, insulin pumps, and supplier contact information is available at: gov.mb.ca/health/mhsip/docs/sdl.pdf.

The MAIPCP will cover one approved insulin pump every 5 years as long as the individual meets the eligibility criteria.

What is not covered?

Insulin pump supplies, such as tubing and reservoirs, are not covered under the MAIPCP.

Insulin pump supplies, along with other consumable diabetes supplies, such as blood glucose test strips and advanced glucose monitors, may be eligible benefits under another federal or provincial program such as, Manitoba's Pharmacare Program. For more information on the Manitoba Pharmacare Program, visit: gov.mb.ca/health/pharmacare/. For more information on coverage of advanced glucose monitors under the Manitoba Pharmacare Program, visit: gov.mb.ca/health/pharmacare/profdocs/faq_agm.pdf.

How can I apply to the program?

Manitoba residents 18 years of age and older with type 1 diabetes can make an appointment with their endocrinologist or approved diabetes specialist to discuss insulin pump therapy. Once your endocrinologist or approved diabetes specialist confirms insulin pump therapy is right for you, they will submit an application to the MAIPCP on your behalf.

If your application is approved you will receive a letter with instructions on how to order an approved insulin pump, at no cost, directly from the supplier.

Will I have to pay a deductible to get insulin pump coverage?

No, you do not have to pay a deductible to receive an insulin pump.

Can I still receive a pump under the Young Adult Insulin Pump Program (YAIPP)?

No. With the establishment of the broader MAIPCP on March 7, 2023, the YAIPP was dissolved. Coverage of insulin pumps for all eligible Manitobans 18 years of age and older is now provided through the MAIPCP.

Does the MAIPCP cover insulin pumps for people with type 2 diabetes?

Insulin pumps are not often recommended for people with type 2 diabetes by their health care provider. However, if an insulin pump is recommended by your endocrinologist or approved diabetes specialist and you meet all other MAIPCP eligibility criteria, it will be covered.

What is an approved diabetes specialist under MAIPCP, and how can I become one?

For information on approved diabetes specialists, visit Shared Health: healthproviders.sharedhealthmb.ca/files/insulin-pump-expansion-provider-faqs.pdf

How can I get more information?

For more information on whether an insulin pump is recommended for you, contact your endocrinologist or approved diabetes specialist.

For more information on the MAIPCP, contact:

Manitoba Health
Ancillary Programs
300 Carlton Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3M9


Phone:
204-786-7365 or 204-786-7366
Toll free:
1-800-297-8099 ext 7365 or 7366
FAX: 204-786-6634
TTY/TDD Relay Service: 204-774-8618 outside Winnipeg: 711 or 1-800-855-0511
Email:  pharmacare@gov.mb.ca