For our members on Medicare, how have recent changes affected you?

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2013-09-14 09:01:46 -0500
Started 2013-09-12 12:05:32 -0500

I was just reading a great article from Joslin about the changes made to Medicare this summer. (You can read it here as well:

The Joslin folks point out some concerns about how these changes will impact patients. And it got me wondering how people here in Diabetic Connect have been effected. So if you're on Medicare, what changes have you seen?

Did you have to change suppliers for your test strips?
Did you have to switch meters? And if so, which meter did you have to switch to?
Did anyone decide to pay out of pocket to stay with a meter or supplier they liked better?
For those who have switched suppliers, what has your experience been?
Were you confused by the changes or were they communicated well beforehand?

We'd love to hear what you're dealing with. And perhaps there are things we could share with each other to make it easier for all of us.

3 replies

old biker
old biker 2013-09-14 09:01:46 -0500 Report

I have optional medicare part D coverage through United health care, costs me an extra 23.00$ a month. Part D covers my drug and prescription costs and doctor office visits. I use a one touch ultra mini tester and test 3X daily. I just picked up 300 one touch ultra test strips at my local pharmacy my cost to me O same as before

Bun10 2013-09-13 13:30:05 -0500 Report

My medicare advantage ticked doctors off. The co pay went from $10 to 0. I got a letter in mid August from Mima that they would no longer accept my insurance for primary ape defective Aug 31. I love Mima. They are very diabetic supportive. In Oct when renewal comes up, I'll have to find a company they will accept. Thinking of going back to medicare with a supplement depending on the extra cost. Mima is now Health First. I don't want that because it is all HMO

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