As a T-1 Diabetic for 30 years who has had support and fully took advantage of Diabetes Technology I now find myself at a cross road where all technology is being taken away from me by Alignment Health Sutter Advantage HMO health plan. I received a week ago a letter from Sutter Medical who state that they will not provide or authorize Insulin Supplies. Insulin Supplues include syringes, glucose meters and test strips, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. I am retired and the health insurance I mentioned above is my Medicare Advantage plan. As a result of coverage being refused I’ve now been off my Dexcom CGM for almost a month and have been using finger sticks with my glucose meter. It’s been hard stepping back over 20 years in my diabetes adventure to be managing my disease in a fashion that made it so much easier using 21st Century technology, But I’m doing it … at least in monitoring my glucose levels by using finger sticks. I am waking up every 2 hours or so at night to test and monitor glucose trends. Not impossible but hard, in about three months I will run out if my Tandem Insulin Pump supplies and will start using syringes. I’ve been using a pump since the mid 1990’s. I will be speaking with a Diabetes Educator to get training on how I tried to manage my diabetes 30 years ago and will hopefully be able to handle that backwards transition. Just to preempt the question that will obviously be asked … yes I’m fighting this issue with Medicare and Sutter Health but as yet I’m precluded from any coverage for my Tandem Punp and Dexcom CGM. I have to manage my T-1 Diabetes and doing so the best I can. I live California and have reached out to everyone and anyone who can help. Thankfully at my age I still have a relatively clear mind, and although I go into panic mode occasionally, I don’t want to give up and have been working to try and work with the cards that have been dealt to me.
Has anyone here had a similar experience and how have you coped with the change? Any pointers on better managing Diabetes while not using a pump or CGM? Thanks fir any and all feedback.