Friend unable to get Social Security to pay for more than 2 BG tests per day.

By Hops Latest Reply 2014-05-27 15:44:03 -0500
Started 2014-05-27 08:59:57 -0500

A friend has increased her BG tests from 2 to 6 tests a day. They also got into dieting and exercising. They lost more than 40 pounds. Last week my friend was informed by Social Security that it will not pay for more than 2 BG tests daily. Anybody know how to reverse such a Social Security ruling? Friend is much healthier physically and emotionally. Their A1C is less than 7.0. Most importantly they feel empowered to manage their diabetes with 6 BG tests a day. Cannot afford to pay for 6 strips daily. Is there a free source of BG strips for elderly diabetic Americans who cannot afford the number of BG strips they need to be fully empowered as they manage their diabetes? Help resolving this problem will be greatly appreciated.

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3 replies

neverlowbg 2014-05-27 15:44:03 -0500 Report

I agree with gabby my endo wrote a letter of need to my insurance company and got me test strips and 250 strips a month that my insurance company said they would not cover and after her note they approved them

GabbyPA 2014-05-27 09:05:54 -0500 Report

Do you mean Medicare? I was not aware that Social Security paid for these things.

What your friend may need to do is get the doctor to write a prescription for the additional strips. Some people here have had success with demonstrating that the additional strips are needed.

What they may also want to consider is purchasing a less expensive meter and strips. My strips are just $9 for 50. They come from WalMart or Sam's Club. It is out of pocket, but certainly beast the higher cost of other strips.

Hops 2014-05-27 09:26:09 -0500 Report

Thank you Gabby. Perhaps my friend confused Medicare with Social Security. I will share your helpful suggestions with them.

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