I’ve been very happy with my Animas Ping pumps for the past 8 years. I would like to continue using my Ping for as long as I can. Unfortunately, Animas (Medtronic) will cease support for the pump on September 30, 2019 and I don’t know what to do.
Medtronic is willing to supply me with a 630G or 670G pump. I’m not excited by either one. Medicare currently doesn’t pay for Medtronic CGM supplies. I know that I could still use the Dexcom CGM, but I would rather have it integrated with the pump. I also like what I’m reading about about the Tandem Closed Loop technology as opposed to what I have read about Medtronic’s Closed Loop System.
The 4 year warranty I have on my Ping pump expires on March 9, 2020. I am not eligible to get a new pump paid for by Medicare until a year after that.
Am I stuck with the Medtronic line? If I were to get a Medtronic Pump, would I be forced to stay on it for 5 years? Is there any way I can get a Tandy pump and have Medicare pay for it?
Any advice would be appreciated.