Health Care Plans Not Paying for Essential Supplies
By: Ben Eastman
According to a recent Gallup survey of 252 of the nation’s largest employers, 75 percent of health care plans available to employees do not cover patient education classes, 49 percent do not cover lab tests, 38 percent do not cover BG meters and 25 percent do not cover test strips. This is despite the fact that diabetes remains the fourth leading cause of death from disease in the United States and costs an estimated $105 billion annually.
The study also found that only 23 percent of employee benefit managers believe it is more important to offer preventative care for diabetes compared to 68 percent who believe it is important to offer such care for heart disease. Sixteen million Americans – six percent of the population – have diabetes compared to 13.5 million who have heart disease.