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6/13/09 9:54 A

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the sad truth of it is that insurance companies pay better to doctors that deny coverage to people. they hate shelling out money and would much rather have a bunch of healthy people paying premiums and never needed medical care, which is why it's nearly impossible to get covered with a pre-existing condition. i would love to just go on a country wide tour of punching people running these companies in the face. they once tried to make me pay out of pocket for half my test strips so i could check my blood sugar enough times during the day. they only wanted to cover me for three times a day when it states in their info that diabteics on the insulin pump MUST check at least four times. it makes me wonder if they even look at your info before they try to deny you.

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6/11/09 8:23 P

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I have to say I am mighty blessed that insueabce covers everythig after you fight for it. but I wish this was not a battle we had to fight!! I want a cure so bad I can taste it!! I want to stay as tightly controled as posibe to spear my kidney's I want a lfe free of test and doc visits. really tired of explaining BG ruls with those around me incase. I will do what it take to stay healthy but at what cost

"you CAN do ALL things through Christ which STRENGTHENS you"
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6/11/09 1:31 P

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GRRRRRR to all of them!
I didn't have insurance for the first 14 years of diabetes, so I used whatever I could get my hands on without breaking the bank, and it was expensive as all heck, but I got what I needed and survived (obviously). Now that I'm spoiled and have real insurance, I can't believe how annoyed I get at them sometimes! I've never had problems with my strips, but gosh darn it if trying to get a pump and CGM hasn't taken forever and a day to figure out! Seriously, I bought (out of pocket) a CGM last June and STILL I am arguing with BCBS and Minimed to straighten out who owed what and how I get my portion back.
As if diabetes isn't enough fun on its own, we get the paperwork portion to deal with also. I've decided it would be good for my all-around health if I had a PDM- Personal Diabetes Manager- whose sole job would be to make sure I have what I need when I need it and to spend a few hours a week shmoozing with Minimed or BCBS or whoever else is standing in the way. Then I could have a life and "just" manage my BG, not manage my BG, the insurance, the referals, the refusals, the revisions to things that I don't ever see but they affect my coverage....
Although I sometimes get very annoyed with them all, I do appreciate spending more on rent than on medical stuff each month, and being able to afford the strips for a meter with a memory, and for getting to go to a real doctor, not just whoever was on call at the Community Health Center who knew of diabetes as an old people disease.
I should take more time to appreciate my insurance, snaffoos and all, because even if it isn't perfect, its still WAY better than nothing.

PS. If anyone on here DOESN'T have insurance and needs help, I've still got all the lists of providers and companies offering deals for uninsured people, I'm not sure how accurate they are at this point, but I do know that if you call 1-800-DIABETES (the ADA) they can give you an updated list and tips for making the best of it.

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6/11/09 12:46 P

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We have to use the one touch and I hate it you need to bleed a pound of blood to get a reading our old strips only needed a dot. My insurane BCBS has always covered pumps but my control was so tight that I constantly have lows so now they are going to cover CGM so the lows can be controlled Hallijuleh!!!! Evcen with the pump you have to keep pens around for backup as you know you have to have backup for your backup.

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6/11/09 10:55 A

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You know if it wasn't for insurance paying foe all my supplies I might give them a peice of my mind. I ussually use the one touch mini in pink and tricare was always paying for it but since I moved to north region from south region so they don't pay for the same things so I had to switch to the bayer contour lite which is cute I mean it comes in colors and tricare covers it all but I loved my old meter it was pink and tiny great for travel. now getting used to this one is a pain it seens as if all meters are differ. and then if that was not enough trauma to my diabetes world the doc messed up on my script for my pen needles and wrote the script for the mini pen needles instead of the shorts so it explians my higher sugars since absorption is longer because the needles are so tiny basiclly for kids. the pharmacy is in the process of fixing the snafful. then my roommate thought one of my humalog pens sitting on the table was a writing pen till she took the lid off good lord!! as for pump we got rejected the first time due to my tight control but the doc said it is a nurse who does the rejections at my insurance and he is going to call and fight for it I mean geeze it took him 2 yrs to get me to say yes!! poor doc. lol

"you CAN do ALL things through Christ which STRENGTHENS you"
phil 4:13


I don't believe in failure.

( this includes getting healthy!!)


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