AskNadia: Why Medicare Covers Some Insulin Pumps

I was thinking about getting an insulin pump, but I am worried that Medicare will not cover it. Why does Medicare cover insulin pumps for some people and not for others? Barbara Florida Dear Barbara, Insulin pumps are covered under Medicare if you meet their insulin pump management criteria, insulin antibody test or C-Peptide test. If you are thinking about getting an insulin pump, this

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Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: High Deductibles Send Under-insured Patients to Free Clinics

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/May-25_-2016_-6_28_10-AM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the past, free clinics have been used to serve community members without insurance. Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act, this focus has started to shift, and these clinics are now being frequented by lower-income patients who have health insurance coverage but are forced to pay high co-pays and deductibles. Low-income patients with a deductible of $1,000

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Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Newly Insured Sicker Than Other Health Plan Enrollees

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Apr-20_-2016_-10_39_39-PM-2.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadAccording to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, new policyholders who got health insurance under the Affordable Care Act were sicker than other enrollees. They also had higher medical costs and used more medical care than people who had insurance coverage longer. This report went even further to describe the incidence of certain conditions. New policyholders had twice

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Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Mapping the Uninsured Shows Regional Patterns

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Jan-24_-2016_-3_27_26-PM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | Download  Click here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! The New York Times found some interesting trends,  when they recently mapped out the rate of people who are uninsured in the United States. Findings showed that the largest portions of Americans that don’t have health insurance, are poor and living in southern states. These states

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Diabetes Supply Costs Rule My Life!

There’s nothing quite like wondering how you’re going to pay for prescriptions.  I find it odd that we usually don’t know what our out-of-pocket cost will be until we’re standing in front of the pharmacy staff and praying that we have enough in our wallet to cover it.  I often feel like a reality show contestant waiting for the grand total.  My pharmacy-based reality show

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