If you are a New Yorker (or not) and have been denied coverage by insurance or would like coverage for the Continous Glucose Monitoring systems I have great news.
A friend of mine spoke personally to NY State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney last night. Here is what transpired.
Assemblyman Sweeney said that when he drafted the NY State mandatory insurance coverage diabetes laws, it was positioned as such that the NY State Health Commissioner AT HIS DISCRETION can add to the existing law, any diabetes product, medicine or technology that he deems necessary to be mandated for coverage by insurance companies. He does not even need an act of legislation, he can merely add to it.
Assemblyman Sweeney has contacted the Health commissioner asking to investigate if the CGMs warrant full coverage by insurance companies.
I was informed by my contact that we (NEW YORKERS) all need to send letters VIA SNAIL MAIL (NOT email, or fax) directly to the NY State Health Commissioner if you want your voice to be heard. If we respond in huge numbers he will hear us. RAISE YOUR VOICE.
Let Commissioner Richard Daines know that we are in support of his correspondence with Assemblyman Robert Sweeney that the Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems should be included on the list for mandatory insurance coverage in New York State.
Here is the mailing address:
Commissioner Richard F. Daines
NY State Health Commissioner
State of New York
Empire State Plaza
Albany NY 12237
Also, I would like it if you could mail me a copy of your letter (address will not be displayed) as well, via snail mail, (you can contact me and I will send you my mailing address privately) or if you can make an electronic copy of your letter with your address whited out and send it to my email address firstname.lastname@example.org
I will post all the letters written (no addresses displayed) on the Diabetes Talkfest. Our voice will be heard!