For those in California:
Medi-Cal is proposing changingtheir policy for testing strips and lancets that will be supplied under their program.
They are limiting 150 testing strips & 100 lancets/claim & 3 claims in 90 days for insulin users. Those who do not use insulin are limited to 100 test strips & lancets per 90 days.
These limits can be altered if your doctor & pharmacy provide documentation to "demonstrate" a need in excess of this. But these have to be repeated with every claim. Meaning a delays for getting documentation and a delay in getting approval by Medi-Cal.
The Calif. Dept. of Health Care Services is meeting on September 27th. It is not open to the public! And there is no system in place for public input, nor are they seeking it.
I suggest sending email immediately to Pansy.Watson@dhcs.cal.gov
Pansy Watson, R-PH
Chief, Medical Supplies & Enteral Nutrition Benefits Branch
Medi-Cal Pharmacy Benefits Division
California Department of Health Care Service
Seems very shortsighted. If you are trying to control DM w/o medication this is just another bureaucratic barrier. And some DM are not that predicatable, such as those who are pregnant or in an unstable period of control, or period of stress.
At the very least, beg that if a limitation is placed on supplies, that documentation covers at least 6 months, or a year.
Please make your opinion known.