Diabetes Resources

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it since childhood, GatorCare has the resources to help you live your life to the fullest. Resources include a free diabetes test strip program, code to get a free meter, Diabetes Self-Management Education with the UF Health Shands Diabetes Education and Nutrition Department, and more. All of these resources can be found below.

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Free Diabetes Test Strips Program

Eligible Strip Brands: Contour® or Contour® Next

GatorCare members,* including covered spouses and dependents, diagnosed with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes may be eligible to receive Contour® or Contour® Next test strips AT NO COST for the 2022 benefit year. Complete the application below to become approved for free test strips!

*Excludes HSA plan members

Please note: Lancets and meters are NOT included under this program. For a free Contour® Next meter, click here.

What do I need to do to become approved for the GatorCare Free Diabetes Test Strip Program?

  • Be actively enrolled in a GatorCare health plan (excluding HSA plan members)
  • Have a diagnosis of type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes
  • Complete the enrollment form for program approval
  • Approval may take up to 7 business days
  • Have an active email address to receive a ‘Welcome’ email from GatorCare notifying you you’re ready to fill your Contour® brand test strip prescription at no cost. 

What to expect?

GatorCare will be sending a bimonthly email and quiz to participants with diabetes-related content throughout the duration of the benefit year. For every bimonthly quiz you complete, your name will be entered into a random drawing to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards


Please view our program Frequently Asked Questions to answer your enrollment, prescription, and pharmacy questions. Contact us at GatorCareClinical@shands.ufl.edu if you need further assistance.

Free Contour® Next Glucose Meter

All GatorCare Members diagnosed with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes may be eligible to participate in a free meter program if using Contour® Next test strips. Order your free Contour® Next glucose meter by calling 1-800-401-8440 and mentioning ID code CTR-OPX. Explore your glucose meter options utilizing the links below. For any questions about this program, email GatorCareClinical@shands.ufl.edu.

Contour® Next ONE Blood Glucose Meter

Stay on top of your health data with the Contour® Diabetes app. This glucose meter seamlessly transfers your results to the app via Bluetooth technology. It also offers Second-Chance® sampling, giving up to 60 seconds to reapply more blood if the first application was insufficient to read.

Contour Next ONE Blood Glucose Meter

Contour® Next EZ Blood Glucose Meter

This meter provides tracking knowledge with 7-, 14-, and 30-day averages of your blood glucose levels. It also provides Second-Chance® sampling, which gives up to 60 seconds to reapply more blood if the first application was insufficient, limiting wasted test strips.

Contour Next EZ Blood Glucose Meter

Diabetes Resources

Diabetes Health Information & Resource Hub

Sometimes it can be difficult to know whether to trust the information you read on the web or not. To alleviate that burden, GatorCare has compiled some information regarding diabetes and reliable resources to help manage your diabetes.

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UF Health Diabetes Education

Receive Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) or Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with the UF Health Diabetes Education and Nutrition program. Engage in individualized nutrition and diabetes education appointments, followed by small group classes for continued support. Ask your doctor for a referral.

Nutrition Education

Diabetes Presentations

View these 45-minute presentations to learn more about living with diabetes. Topics include medication management, nutrition for diabetes, lifestyle modification, and more.

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Diabetes Research

Participate in a research study on managing diabetes complications, slowing disease progression, or optimizing treatment in early stages. Studies are for individuals with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and relatives of individuals with diabetes. Sign up for the UF Diabetes Institute Contact Registry to be eligible to participate.

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UF Diabetes Institute

Learn about diabetes nutrition, upcoming research studies and webinars, support groups, and more. Explore the resources page and sign up for the Diabetes Institute newsletter.

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