I'm so glad you are looking into getting a CGM. I use the Animas insulin pump and the Dexcom. (Prior to that I used the Medtronic pump and CGM...hated it. Not accurate. I couldn't hear the low blood sugar alarm, insertion was painful. You can use the Dexcom alone....as in without using a pump with it. I thought I would share my story of how I got my Dexcom.
First, I called my insurance company to see if a Dexcom would be covered under my Durable Medical Equipment. Thankfully, it was covered 100%. I then asked my insurance
provider who would be in-network to send this device to me....this is where things got tricky. At first, they tried to send me the names of every durable medical equipment provider in the state of Indiana. The did not understand that the Dexcom is a unique device that not everyone carries. Your insurance may be different, but Edgepark and Liberty Medical are in network for me. It took 2 weeks of calling insurance and finally filing a grievance with insurance to finally get the names of my in-network suppliers.
Next, I got my awesome doctor on board. If you don't have an awesome doctor or endo....I highly encourage you to find one. You need someone who is willing and capable of promptly filling out any paperwork, such as a letter of medical necessity, for the insurance. Make sure you have had an A1C in the last 3 months...all insurance is different but my insurance required it to move forward.
Finally, I chose a company (Edgepark and Liberty) to take care of the rest. From start to finish, mainly because of being unable to get the name of an in-network provider, it took about 2 months for me to go LIVE with Dexcom! It was seriously the best day of my life....second to the day I got my insulin pump that is! My A1C has went from 8.5 ish to 5.9!!!
Here is the link to my "How to Insert a Dexcom Sensor" tutorial on youtube.
Please keep us posted!!!