Supplies and Insurance

By PastorBob Latest Reply 2011-09-14 07:31:59 -0500
Started 2011-09-09 21:44:07 -0500

I've never had insurance before and my wife job offers very good insurance. We signed up about Nov. and I realized yesterday that my testing supplies were covered! All of this time I've been paying full price, well today I got a new and better meter, strips and lancets for less than 1/3 of retail price. While I'm excited, I also feel like a doofus for not realizing this sooner. Oh well, at least I finally got it! :) I sincerely hope that everyone already knows this but just in case you don't check into it, it will save you a lot of money.

13 replies

PastorBob 2011-09-11 11:36:47 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice! I'll tell my wife (she takes care of all of that), I'm sure she'll send those in asap.

margokittycat 2011-09-10 22:53:50 -0500 Report

Pastor Bob I use to work for an insurance company and we had people that would send use the reciepts for their medications and testing supplies all the time we would process them and reimburse them what was owed back to them after their co pays were met. I would send the reciepts to your insurance. If you don't have the receipts, the pharmacy can give you a print out of all your meds and the prices paid most insurance companies will take that if it is signed by the pharmacist.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-11 22:34:28 -0500 Report

Pastor Bob, If you do not know what to do with that reimbursement just send it my way :). My medicare hmo only covers true track. I had to buy that monitor it was faulty, reading 40 higher then my Freestyle lite. The company sent me a replacement refusing to supply me with Freestyle test strips. The monitor they sent was faulty too about 39 higher they my Freestyle. I called them again they told me that I did not know how to test blah blah blah and it is normal for monitors to be off a little bit. I took my monitor and theirs on my next office visit. My monitor matched the readings of their monitor, the True track was 39 off. They ran blood tests that day and officially their monitor was off by 33. My dr got angry contacted my insurance and now they are paying for my freestyle supplies.

margokittycat 2011-09-12 07:07:58 -0500 Report

MEGriff1950 Good for you I would have done the same thing. My husband get frustrated with me sometimes when I make a big deal avout things like that. It's always just let it go or go it the one you want. No, that is not the point the company is making something for diabetics that is souppose to be safe accurate and true and when they aren't it makes a huge difference. That extra fourty points could cause worse problems if you take more insulin to try and get the incorrect reading down, which could then cause issues wth a sever low reading. Great Job.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-13 22:46:19 -0500 Report

That is so true Margo and especially dangerous for the diabetics that have no training or experience. They could go hypoglycemic and never know it but their families could talk about it at the funeral. When I got the true track I could not believe that my numbers had risen that badly they when I did go low and it said 121 I knew there was a problem.

margokittycat 2011-09-14 07:31:59 -0500 Report

Yes, I have had issues wth machines in the past the only two I have ever had luck with were the Breeze and any of the One Touch machines. The other ones give a lot of false readings and that is not good for any diabetic. We want to be healthy not get false readings that have us taking more meds to get BS down that aren't even in danger because the machines were not calabroated correct at the manufactures facility.

Harlen 2011-09-10 20:16:59 -0500 Report

Send in the receipts ???????
If you have them they will pay you back lol lol
Best wishes

cindygal1 2011-09-10 04:45:07 -0500 Report

The best thing that you can do is call the insurance company and ask them, what is covered and what is not covered that is the best way to fine out, I have worked in insurance and I still call them when in doubt, so remember call them first and ask. Here's hoping that we can be frie4nds

PastorBob 2011-09-10 06:38:42 -0500 Report

That's how I found out. I saw it mentioned in a magazine article at the doctor's office and called them went I got home. Sure we can be friends!

jayabee52 2011-09-10 02:28:32 -0500 Report

Good for you Bob! No need to feel like a doofus! It's not like the insurance company told you about it. They usually try to keep their expenses down so they often don't volunteer that kind of information.

PastorBob 2011-09-10 06:39:42 -0500 Report

Very true, they don't like to pay out. But to be honest they were very helpful and informative when I did call.