Hello. I'm new to this site...came here because I need some advice/direction. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 4 years ago. I did a ton of research and decided pretty early on that I wanted to go on a pump. I remember reading (back then) that part of the requirements to get a pump was to be able to demonstrate competence and discipline in managing your diabetes with MDI. I've done that this whole time. My most recent A1c was 6.3. I've actually managed to keep my A1c between 5.7 and 6.3 for the last 4 years! However, that comes with a lot of work (and honestly with a lot of lows too). I check all the time though, so I've never passed out or anything. Excercise, even just walking, will usually send me down. I have a lot of swings too sometimes from high to low. (I'm on lantus...tried levemir a short time and that worked better for me, but my insurance doesn't cover it!) My job complicates things too often because I have a crazy job with a crazy work schedule at times. Planning for anything, even meals, is pretty tough due to my job. And once you add my 1 and 4 year old kids to the mix...well...lets just say I'm convinced that the pump would make diabetes management so much easier for me.
Anyway...the trouble I'm having is that I have not been able to get approved for an insulin pump. In 2010, I was told that I was approved (was with Blueshield then), but was responsible for 50% of the cost. I couldn't afford that so in 2011 I switched to Cigna. That year I tried again and was denied by my medical group, not Cigna, because they said I didn't meet "Cigna's criteria" of having an A1c above 7%. So...2012 I switched to United Health Care. I spoke to several people from United Health Care and reviewed their criteria on line and there was nothing about needing an A1c above 7%. This time, my request was "withdrawn" by my medical group and I was told to first meet with the CDE so that she could determine if I should be recommended or not. I had met with her multiple times in the past and she always pushed for the pump for me. I was sure she would make the recommendation. When I met with her last week though, she said that a week earlier she had a meeting where she was instructed not to recommend anyone with an A1c below 7% for a pump. So I'm at a standstill again! What's odd though is that in 2010 I was approved even though my A1c was below 7%. I mentioned this to my CDE and she said that "maybe the rules changed."
My question is, is this A1c rule my medical group is insisting on a standard for everyone? Has anyone on here with an A1c below 7% been approved for a pump? Any ideas as to what I can do? Would changing to a different medical group make a difference? Any ideas/help with this matter would be GREATLY appreciated! (btw...thanks for reading my long long post!) :)