By oink66 Latest Reply 2015-02-26 15:24:54 -0600
Started 2015-02-24 22:47:55 -0600

02/24/15 Apparently the pharmaceutical company contract must have ran out and it's contract with my BcBs wasn't renewed or lost.
I went to pickup my Rx refills on my lancets and strips for my TRU TEST METER that I've had barely a year old this January 2015.
Anyways got to the counter and was given a new test meter, lancet & test strips called Accu Chek Aviva Plus. I then asked the question? What is this? This isn't mine!
I was then told that the pharmacy no longer carries or provides Tru Test supplies. I had to shove out $35.00 dollars for a brand meter ""Accu Chek "" my insurance didn't cover that either, that's not including an additional $21.00 for the test strips & lancets. I felt like opting out and declining the purchase and just continue buying my Tru Test supplies on Ebay.
I want fall into that trap the next time. Ooh well at least I have a meter I can keep upstairs here in the bedroom and keep the other one in my daily work bag.

8 replies

GeekonBoard 2015-02-25 14:47:55 -0600 Report

Have you tried calling your BCBS pharmacy (phone number on the back of your insurance card & ask for pharmacy) to see which is "their preferred meter" now that they no longer cover your True Test meter & strips?
My diabetes educator had me set up with an Accu Chek Nano & Fastclik pen which I loved only to find out my insurance would cover the Accu Chek flastclik pen & drums (equivalent to lancets) but not the Accu Chek meter - what kind of idiotic crap is that? I also have BCBS -
But, I took a step back & reminded myself that one of the main reasons I can get a handle on my diabtes is because of my newly required insurance so I needed to see if I could figure some of this "stuff" out. I made the call to the BCBS pharmacy a couple of times to get the whole thing ironed out - frustrating as all get out & I hated the meter they suggested at first (Bayer Contour) - not because it was a lesser meter, but more over principle & that I hate change. Also, the Nano was smaller & more hip (hard to explain - LOL). I am truly afraid of needles/lancets & was grateful to be able to still use the Accu Chek Fastclik pen in place of the Bayer lancets.
I had to let go of it & move on, but TOTALLY get the frustration & it took what seems like FOREVER for me to get over it. I just keep telling myself - be grateful for insurance, be grateful for insurance - like a mantra of sorts. I wouldn't be able to afford this otherwise. I'm in NO way saying this is what you should do - just sharing & telling you I have been in that position & it was beyond nerve testing! Hope it all irons out for you!

Type1Lou 2015-02-25 11:39:52 -0600 Report

I had that happen last year when my insurance stopped covering the Bayer Contour Next strips I'd been using with my newest meter. (I test 8x a day) They would only cover the One Touch strips and , luckily, I had my old One Touch meters so I went back to using them until I qualified for Medicare. Now I'm back to using the Bayer Contour Next strips. It is soooo aggravating when insurance places roadblocks in our efforts to better manage our conditions. Medicare has it's own set of aggravations but that's another discussion!

suecsdy 2015-02-25 14:03:45 -0600 Report

Do you like the Contour Next meter? I use the Bayer Contour and when I called for some fresh batteries, they offered to upgrade me to the next meter, no charge. My ins covers both strips.

Type1Lou 2015-02-25 15:50:10 -0600 Report

I'm using the Contour Next because it is one of the meters that communicates my BG reading directly to my insulin pump. I've also heard that the test results for the Bayer Contour meters are more accurate but I haven't really compared them much and when I did, they readings weren't that far off from my One Touch Next Link meter (which also communicates with my pump.) I'd go to the Bayer website and see what the differences are…it's always good to have an extra meter.

GabbyPA 2015-02-25 06:27:48 -0600 Report

This is one thing I am glad I don't deal with insurance for. I just buy my supplies and always know what I am getting. I keep a Reli-On meter and strips on my list, as they are affordable and I like the use of it. Nothing fancy, no crazy dollars spent on strips I can't afford. I used to use Tru products, but it got to hard to find the test strips, that's why I changed to Reli-On.

oink66 2015-02-26 15:24:54 -0600 Report

You can find the Tru Test products on Ebay, that is what I have ad my very first meter, I shouldn't have gotten the Accu Chek because I was buying extra Tru supplies on Ebay. I don't care much for this new Accu chek plus.

jayabee52 2015-02-24 23:21:38 -0600 Report

I hate it when that happens! and it happens often. I have found the accu check strips to be some of the most expensive.

I have used American Diabetes Wholesale ~ for my TruTest strips. and I found them to be acceptable to me.

Do you have contact info with BCBS to call them to determine which meter they now cover?

God's best to you and yours

suecsdy 2015-02-25 14:06:49 -0600 Report

That is the first meter I was given by Home Health Care. Testing 4x per day made it way too expensive for me. 30 dollars for 25 strips, and that was my co-pay. When I signed up here they sent me the Bayer meter.

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