What CGM is most likely to be covered

By Followthedon Latest Reply 2012-04-24 11:25:27 -0500
Started 2012-04-19 18:47:27 -0500

Hello. I was wondering what CGM would be the esyest to get my medicaid to cover.
I live in the state of Michigan. Oh and after 5 or so years my insulin pump finally bit the dust, I am using a lender insulin pump from my doctor but am due for a new one. So that being said I am up for a new insulin pump, would prefer to get one with a CGM built because I need a new one any way.

The reason I need a CGM is because sometimes wean I am sleeping I don't know I am low. A few times in the past I ended up wondering around outside walking down to the street and then finding my way back. wean I was in college I would end up wondering around some how finding a vending machine but wondering around nonsensical if I just woke up sometimes.
All of these times I was not violent but there was one more scary incident were I was low in the morning, I flipped over the table, I chased my sisters girl-friend around and she had to hit me, I chased the outside neighbor around and the ambulance had to be called to get me under control and inject me with sugar
You see my sister was watching me first because I had been to the hospital a few times in school and it was thought that I should be watched but because of this incident I ended up at a group-home (this was not fun, I was there for a year and a half but latter I had enough of it and left to live with another realities) I feel that without a CGM device I am forever going to be trapped and not free and can't do anything normal. I also have aspergers form of and that's made me not the vary best diabetic but with a device like CGM it would all work.
so my question whats the easiest CGM most likely to be covered by those Medicaid people, should I explain all that I said about the group home and chasing everyone and so forth,

5 replies

kdroberts 2012-04-20 09:33:12 -0500 Report

If you want an integrated pump and CGM you only have one choice, the minimed revel. If you wait the Animas Vibe will be out sometime. The minimed uses their CGM and the Vibe will use the Dexcom cgm.

The Vibe may not be covered since it will be new but minimed is the most commonly covered one. There is no real sensor price difference between either of the CGM systems available. You can trial both by contacting the manufacturer.

As far as building a pump, no, you couldn't. Unless you are able to program the controls and ensure the delivery is accurate you would end up with what would essentially be a death machine. There is a reason it takes years and many, many people with different specialties to create them.

roshy 2012-04-24 11:25:27 -0500 Report

when are you going to write your book?? and will ya keep the first copy for me and sign it??

Followthedon 2012-04-19 19:03:33 -0500 Report

oh and what CGM has the cheapest sensors. also.. was also wondering could we make are own insulin pump. like its all electronics and a push pin, are there any kits you can buy and make your own, or am I the only one who has ever thought about building your own insulin pump. Sometimes I think about the end of the world or rather a point of disconnectedness were everything is back in the stone age and in such a world could I make my own insulin pump.

MerGirl 2012-04-20 16:15:56 -0500 Report

I am on Medtronics Paradigm Insulin Pump, and the CGM that you can get with this pump is about $250 out of pocket (well, it was about 2 1/2 years ago). I am not familiar with Animas, but I know they have one as well.
And, no-I would never consider building a pump of your own. I absolutely agree with kdroberts: "You would end up with a Death Machine…There is a reason it takes years and many, many people with different specialties to create them."

MerGirl 2012-04-20 16:21:21 -0500 Report

Our lives are priceless. I would save the extra money to invest in something that a lot of others and Medical Specialists can help you with. You can call MiniMed @ 800-646-4633 for some more information about their pumps, CGMs, and other products or go to http://www.medtronicdiabetes.net/treatmentopt... for some great info. I hope this helps. =)

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