My better half has diabetes, type 1. She's been taking insulin for years. For some reason, control of her blood sugar has become extremely difficult. Poorly controlled diabetes, over time, causes things like kidney failure, blindness, foot amputation, etc.
Medtronic Inc. has just come out with a new constant blood sugar monitor. It takes a sample once every five minutes 24 hours a day. The data is fed to the special new insulin pump. This new technology looks to be the greatest improvement in diabetes management in years.
Trouble is, insurance wouldn't pay for it. We got one anyway. The costs are extreme, but nothing compared to the costs of treating the known complications.
We started the appeals process for coverage. Last night, we got word that we won the appeal!!! To our knowledge, we are the first in the USA to get insurance coverage for this new device.
If you have a loved one with type 1 diabetes, let them know about this. It will simply extend and improve the quality of their life.