Anybody using the Dexcom meter?

Armourer
By Armourer Latest Reply 2011-08-17 19:24:34 -0500
Started 2011-08-13 18:36:41 -0500

Several days ago was at my diabetes educator's office for a workshop and encountered the Dexcom continuous meter. Reading the pamphlet and talking to the rep was very interesting (link to website: http://www.dexcom.com/products). I've been battling the extreme BG lows the past month, sometimes several times a day. I've lost 12 pounds too! Not doing anything different that I haven't before. Because funds are very tight I'm eating one meal a day, but checking my BG about 5 times a day. And it usually is reading normal and I figure "Why eat and mess this number up." The bummer is my insurance won't pay for it! I spent long periods in the past of not checking because I didn't bleed well, and before alternate sights it would take me a good 30 min. to get up the courage to stick my finger. This really could be a big help, especially now that it is becoming harder for me to tell when I have a BG low, has to be about low 50s for me to tell. Response anybody?


22 replies

Richknowbody
Richknowbody 2011-08-15 09:51:45 -0500 Report

It also notifies you when it is high. When it hits 200, the alarm will let you know and you can make corrections.

Diaschm
Diaschm 2011-08-14 17:52:23 -0500 Report

Did you read the article that I wrote GETTING HELP FOR DIABETICS ? This might help you find out programs in your state where you could get your meter paid for. This article should be read by anyone who does not have insurance or who insurance is not paying for their supplies. Under the new Affordable Care Act that the President put in place you will find many programs that help diabetics since diabetics are individuals who have a chronic illness. Please read the article. Some states with republican governors are fighting the Act but I do not know why since it benefits so many people who need healthcare. diana

Richknowbody
Richknowbody 2011-08-15 09:47:28 -0500 Report

Ayn Rand
An incredible women born in Russia emigrated to the US. Reading her philosophies can better help you understand the disagreements they have with the Affordable Care Act.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-08-14 17:26:42 -0500 Report

Are you currently using a meter? Will your insurance cover another brand? I'm just moving from MDI to a Medtronics meter because of frequent scary lows…I think my aging body is part of the reason for this decreased control. The Medtronics Minimed Meter also comes with an optional Continuous Glucose Monitor which may be very similar to the Dexcom. Sometimes insurers can be so short-sighted. I used to work for a property/casualty insurer and have found that escalating an inquiry to upper management and/or their home office can sometimes get a reversal of a denial. With a very strong case for coverage, I might also write to the Insurance Commissioner in your state. I'm less familiar with the workings of health insurers and how they might respond though. It might be interesting to start a discussion on health insurers denials and responses to complaints? Hmmmm???

Diaschm
Diaschm 2011-08-14 17:56:50 -0500 Report

Please read the article GETTING HELP FOR DIABETICS it clarifies the affordable care act. Preconditions now have to be covered under the law and this makes insurance companies cover more for diabetics.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-08-13 19:04:30 -0500 Report

Is the Dexcom CGM something which your insurance would cover all or part of?

Bernard Farrell
Bernard Farrell 2011-08-17 19:24:34 -0500 Report

It's now routinely covered in many parts of the US for folks with type 1 diabetes. Mine is covered 100% by Harvard Pilgrim in Massachusetts, though they'll only allow me to order 1 box of sensors at a time.

It's not approved by the FDA for children, so that's an off-label use and probably harder to get coverage for it. I do know some folks with type 2 diabetes who use Dexcoms but I don't know whether they pay for it, or insurance does.

I generally get 11-14 days out of a single sensor. I paid for it myself for over a year when I first got it before insurance would cover it. At that time I dropped my A1C from 8.6 to somewhere in the 7's. Last A1c was 7.1, so I find it absolutely essential. I don't think I could exercise much without one of these.

Armourer
Armourer 2011-08-13 19:52:45 -0500 Report

None of it. Meter is $1000, and weekly sensor $70. Rep said all other insurance companies in state covered it, but not mine.

Richknowbody
Richknowbody 2011-08-15 09:44:48 -0500 Report

I have the Dexcom meter. My insurance covered it 100%. I have anthem blue cross.
I love the graph I get. Really helps a lot.
I can see much quicker my blood sugar rising or lowering and make corrections.
Definitely a quantum leap in taking care of my diabetes.
I sure hope it becomes a common tool and so, becomes cheap for everyone.