I am a 29 year old T1 diabetic. For a long time I have been uninsured and had been injecting with syringes and vials since it was the cheapest thing. I would go through elaborate processes to get my vials for cheap ($2) from a hospital in Brooklyn and pay for syringes out of pocket (around $60 per hundred in NYC). Then 2014 came around and I could get health insurance thanks to the ACA.
The Different Options
They had a bronze, silver and platinum plan. I cost out each plan considering my prescriptions, the prescription co-pay for each plan and the durable medical equipment coverage for each plan. In the end, considering the costs over a year and the fact I wanted to upgrade my equipment, the cheapest plan for the year turned out to be the Platinum plan.
I enrolled with Blue Shield of California. I am paying about $350 a month. I pay $15 co-pay for prescriptions and 10% of the durable medical equipment cost. I pay $40 to see a specialist (Endocrinologist) and $20 to see a physician. For the whole year my deductible maximum is $4000. As a side note, I had a run in at the urgent care (cut finger) and the visit and stitches were completely covered. I assume the coverage in other states are around the same since Blue Shield said if I moved back to New York they would just transfer my coverage
Getting a Pump and CGM
I met with an endocrinologist and she switched me to the Pen for Lantus and Humalog. We scheduled a trial run of the I-Pro sensor to get good data. I wore the I-pro for 3 days and turned it in. I met the endo again to discuss the data and put out information to Dexcom and Tandem. About 2 weeks later Dexcom and Tandem contacted me. I had to give them some glucose logs and forms. A week later Dexcom sent my CGM. I am waiting for Tandem to get back to me next week
The Dexcom G4 was $128 to start, $28 for 4 sensors. Its working really well so far. The Tandem T Slim pump should be coming in soon. It was around $425 to start, $38 for 3 months worth of cartridges. Vials of Humalog will be $15 per vial under my co-pay.