Dear Nadia, I would like to know, if I normally use Levemir pen insulin, and I run out before my health insurance kicks in, can I use Lantus insulin until I can get coverage for my Levemir ? Rita U Dear Rita, Levemir and Lantus are similar insulins. Our advisory board member Jane Jeffrie Seley, … Continue reading AskNadia: Substituting Lantus Insulin for Levemir Insulin
Diabetes supplies – somehow picking them up from the pharmacy is always exciting, never dull. Here’s the thing, we wish it were dull when it came to paying for these supplies. I’d like to yawn from the utter lack of excitement when I pick up my insulin, test strips, and syringes. I’d love to, but … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: I Owe What?
I have a lot of people write in asking me about Medicare coverage. I don’t profess to be an expert but I am learning more everyday from your specific question. After reading your inquiry, I did what I always do, went online and researched it for you. To my surprise and delight, I found this … Continue reading AskNadia: Medicare & Medicaid Diabetes Supplies and Service Coverage Guide
Dear Nadia, My Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance company who charges me $1,235 a month, just informed me that they would no longer cover my Humalog insulin for my insulin pump in 2018. This news comes with a $565 increase in my monthly premium, starting in the new year. MS Dear MS: The pharmaceutical … Continue reading AskNadia: Blue Cross Blue Shield Will Not Cover My Humalog Insulin
Whys doesn’t Medicare cover the OmniPod tubeless insulin pump? I sure wish it was covered. Cathy diabeteshealth.com Subscriber Dear Cathy, Medicare has their own formula for calculating what is medically necessary for medical devices, which they classify as “Durable Medical Equipment” also known as DME. Insulin pumps and blood glucose meters are classified as medically … Continue reading AskNadia: Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover the OmniPod Insulin Pump
By Jay Hancock The Affordable Care Act made it through its second do-or-die Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it’s five years after it became law. The 6-3 ruling, a major win for the White House, stopped a challenge … Continue reading High Court Upholds Health Law Subsidies
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the nation marks American Diabetes Month, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a new report today, Preventing and Treating Diabetes: Health Insurance Reform and Diabetes in America. The report comes one day after Sebelius toured the East Manatee Family Healthcare Center in Bradenton, Fla. At the center, Sebelius met with patients and Floridians who care for … Continue reading Secretary Sebelius Releases New Report on Health Insurance Reform and Diabetes in America
In these challenging economic times, when unemployment is so high and insurance coverage is being lost, many people find themselves having to miss doctor’s visits, skip preventive care, and do without their prescriptions. Change is in the air, but in the meantime, there are programs that can help. One such program is the “Together Rx … Continue reading Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes: Making Health Insurance Ends Meet