10/20/2012 08:28 EDT | Updated 12/20/2012 05:12 EST

News on insulin pumps for Albertans coming in 2013, health spokesman says

EDMONTON - A spokesman for Alberta Health says there will be an announcement sometime in early 2013 about a campaign commitment to pay for insulin pumps.

John Muir says the Progressive Conservatives made the commitment to pay for the pumps for people with Type 1 diabetes during the election campaign in April.

The Alberta government doesn't currently pay for the pumps.

Premier Alison Redford said during the campaign that helping people manage the disease could reduce long-term health complications including kidney failure, heart attack and strokes.

About 30,000 Albertans have Type 1 diabetes.