Blue Cross cover strips??
Posted 16 August 2008 - 01:46 PM
Posted 16 August 2008 - 02:25 PM
●Type 1 diabetic since 11 months old
●Pumper since December of 2002
~Animas IR 1000 (Dec. 2002 - Jan. 2005)
~Animas IR 1200 (Jan. 2005 - Jan. 2009)
~Cozmo 1800 (Jan. 2009 - ?)
●Dexcom Seven+ (Aug 1, 2009 - Oct 31, 2012)
●Dexcom G4 (Nov 1, 2012 - ???)
Diabetes is an Art, NOT a Science. You must master the control by skills and not by knowledge alone.
Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:04 PM
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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:31 PM
Virginia Woolf: “Consider how common illness is, how tremendous the spiritual change that it brings, how astonishing, when the lights of health go down, the undiscovered countries that are then disclosed, what wastes and deserts of the soul a slight attack of influenza brings to view, what precipices and lawns sprinkled with bright flowers a little rise of temperature reveals, what ancient and obdurate oaks are uprooted in us by the act of sickness, how we go down in the pit of death and feel the waters of annihilation close above our heads and wake thinking to find ourselves in the presence of the angels and the harpers when we have a tooth out and come to the surface in the dentist's arm-chair and confuse his "Rinse the mouth-rinse the mouth" with the greeting of the Deity stooping from the floor of Heaven to welcome us - when we think of this, as we are so frequently forced to think of it, it becomes strange indeed that illness has not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature”
Back on MDI and doing well. Trying Victoza and loving it. A1C 6.0, no major hypos; a few highs; lots of shots. Diagnosed Oct 19th, 1975.
HDL-101; LDL-64; TG-36; TOT-172
Posted 25 August 2008 - 06:45 PM
Mom always says I'm special. Hmmm........wonder what she means by that?? LOL.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart.
Posted 25 August 2008 - 06:52 PM
We have a mail order choice. I pay a $35 copay (no deductible) for strips. Can get however vials my Dr. requests so far for 90 days. Any med. is $35 for 90 days, generic is $10 for 90 days.
Posted 29 August 2008 - 12:02 PM
I have $10 for generic and $20 for brand copays for 30 days.
Test strips are brand, but have a class all their own and I have paid , almost $100 to cover 90 days and that was only 550 strips, that is testing 6 times a day.
I now get my strips thru the DME part of my plan and usually have 20% as my responsibilty, but the mail order company I get my strips and pump supplies thru takes the 80% that insurance pays and considers that paid in full and I owe nothing.
Type 1 20 years
pumping with purple MM 722, since 9/21/07
Finally named my pump, she is PIF, that stands for purple insulin feeder
Posted 02 September 2008 - 12:45 PM
Victoza, 1.2 mg per day; Enalapril 40 mg; Prevachol
A1C, 11-10: 5.2!:elefant:
A1C, 9-1-09: 5.3!!; A1C, 5-19-09: 5.1!; A1C, 2-12-09: 5.3!; A1C, 11-14-08: 5.2!; A1C, 8-7-08: 6.3; A1C, 5-1-08: 5.6; A1C, 2-5-08: 7.4
Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:18 AM
I'm peeved right now that in order to see a Diabetes Educator for help, BCBS bills this as "outpatient" and it's a $250 co-pay I think that's insane!!!
Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:37 AM
As a result, I blow off my insurance completely, and buy my test strips on ebay. Yes, ebay.
Depending on what brand of strips one uses, they tend to go for between $15 to $25 per 50 strips. I have found that Bayer Contour seem right now to be the cheapest, at $14-15 per box of 50 strips, sealed w/2010 exp. dates. Accu Chek Aviva tend to go for around $20 per box of 50. Freestyle and OneTouch Ultra tend to be more like $25 per 50.
Posted 02 November 2008 - 05:24 PM
I just found today when I went in to get my freestyle strips that I was denied because they are not approved.
So now its back to the doctor to get a script for the "approved" meter so I can get the "approved strips".
To bad really but oh well what can you do
Posted 02 November 2008 - 06:27 PM
Now Empire BCBS will be using their own mail order pharmacy as of January 1st. They're changing the formular and imposing quantity limits on a lot of things, test strips included. They now say only 200 per month and the only brands I saw on the formulary are Accu-Chek and Lifescan. I use Lifescan, so that's not a problem, but I will have to fight them over the 200 strip limit.
My CDE already thinks I test too much so I hope she's willing to write the letter or fill out whatever form insurance requires to override the limits. I'm hypo unaware, so 6 tests isn't enough. I am using the GCMS now but it's not perfect and I have some sensors that are not reliable, and some days when a sensor dies I don't have time to insert a new one. Sometimes my skin needs a break from the sensors and all of the tape.
I thought it was interesting that even though only the 2 brands were on the formulary, every major brand was on the quantity limits list. I'm guessing that people who don't want to switch and wish to continue using Freestyle (or Bayer or whatever) strips might have to pay the non-formulary co-pay, which is $70.
Type 1 dx 4/1987
Minimed Paradigm 723 Revel + CGMS
13mm Silhouettes + Sure-T infusion sets
Lifescan Ultra meters
Last A1c: 7/10: 5.4
Posted 02 November 2008 - 11:35 PM
If my Dr. changed my script to testing 3x a day, I could get 100 strips a month for the same $30 branded copay, but it's not worth the effort for me to pester my Doctor for the new script, because I can get them on ebay for roughly the same price anyways.
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