Category Archives: Insurance

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. … Continue reading AskNadia: Why Medicare Covers Some Insulin Pumps

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 | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn 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 … Continue reading Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: High Deductibles Send Under-insured Patients to Free Clinics

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 | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAccording 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. … Continue reading Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Newly Insured Sicker Than Other Health Plan Enrollees

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 | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS  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 … Continue reading Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Mapping the Uninsured Shows Regional Patterns

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 … Continue reading Diabetes Supply Costs Rule My Life!

Diabetes Costs No More Than Other Chronic Diseases

Diabetes is no more expensive for consumers or for their employer-sponsored health insurance plans than any other chronic disease. Researchers examined health insurance billing data, including both employer and consumer costs, for about 1.3 million people who worked for 862 large self-insured employers. Nearly 21,000 of the individuals involved (1.7 percent of the total) were … Continue reading Diabetes Costs No More Than Other Chronic Diseases

Medicares Best-Kept Secret Offers Free Foot Care Services for People With Diabetes

The number of lower-limb amputations related to diabetes complications is growing-there were 86,000 such amputations in 1999 alone-according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). In what is arguably Medicare’s best-kept secret, the healthcare agency offers a specialized shoe program to help prevent complica-tions for people with diabetes and those … Continue reading Medicares Best-Kept Secret Offers Free Foot Care Services for People With Diabetes