I have type 1 diabetes. I have had it for 35 years now, no cure and I use an insulin pump called OmniPod to stay alive, it lets me have the best blood sugar control so far. I change the pod every three days and the PDM lets me check my blood through the system.
Ok, here is my problem…
My insurance, United Healthcare, which is my only option through my husbands company, is required by law to cover blood testing strips. Yay! I check about 10 times a day so bring on the strips! But then I ordered them and the co-pay was
I spent hours trying to sort out the problem. United Healthcare has a tiered program and my testing strips are on the bottom tier, meaning the most expensive co-pay. My doctor and I wrote two appeal letters, saying the Freestyle strips I needed were medically necessary but United Healthcare denied me a lower cost.
They will charge me a 60.00 co- pay for strips on the high tier which do not work with my system. They are for a less accurate meter, and would cause my readings to be off 20-30 points. I would have to cary around MORE diabetes supplies and manually enter my numbers into my Omnipod.
How is this ok?! These are the times I feel that no one gives a xxxx, I can’t afford this disease and why should I go on?
I have one vial of 100 strips left from my old insurance which would cost me around 50.00 for 1,200 strips. I don’t know what else to do at this point… I guess take WORSE care of managing my diabetes? Thanks United Healthcare, you suck!
If anyone has an idea for my please let me know, running out of strips soon.