Diabetes is expensive!
Diabetes can sure be expensive. Insurance can help take away some of the financial burden, but sometimes the things we want, or even need, are not covered by insurance. With that in mind, the DSMA Blog Carnival topic is:
I wish my insurance company paid for _________because ______________.
Health insurance is a valuable benefit to have and I can’t imagine how we’d pay for my dumb diabetes if we didn’t have it! For the most part, our insurance covers the needs and some of the wants.
As shallow as it may sound, I wish my insurance company paid for all of my insulin because even though they cover some, it’s still crazy expensive and I get heartburn when I see the units left in my OmniPod that I have to throw out on pod change day.
Our prescription coverage requires that all “maintenance drugs” be obtained through their mail order pharmacy. This has turned me into a medical hoarder because mail order pharmacies don’t care WHEN you need the medication, just that you pay for it. I’d prefer to have my back up insulin in pens for more accurate and easy use, but when the pens that I’m holding in reserve run out, I don’t think I can justify paying for a second insulin prescription. (Ok pharma companies, make a refillable insulin pen for people like me please).
The online portal for our insurance has this “handy tool” that lets you put in the name of your medication and they’ll search for ways to save on it (I assume that means looking for a generic or a comparable product you can ask your doctor about). Since it had some crazy high percentage of users that it helped save money for, I entered “Novolog” into the box. As I should have expected, it gave me a message stating that there was no way to save me money on that medication. We actually don’t run Brad’s only medication through insurance because it’s actually cheaper to pay it independently through the regular pharmacy (and get it when he needs it).
Glucose meters are cheap and some are actually free. It’s the strips that cost an arm and a leg! They’re like cheap printers, you don’t pay much for the device but you shell out big bucks to replace the ink. From my limited experience, a month supply of test strips can cost hundreds of dollars. My medical insurance recently decided that it didn’t want to continue covering strips, lancets and syringes. But even after a month of frustrating phone calls and no resolution, our medical supply company still shows everything covered as it was before so I’ll be holding my breath when my next three month supply comes in June.
As a grown up, I wouldn’t buy juice boxes unless I knew there would be a small child visiting. As a diabetic, I buy them in bulk. I also keep around low carb snacks that I never would have purchased pre-pancreas failure. Brad and I no longer share snacks, drinks and even some foods because of our vastly different food needs.
I’ve heard that specialty foods for people with an allergy are tax deductible in some manner, but who knows about low carb foods and how exactly do you explain that to the IRS?
This is my fun one. I think that I’d be over the moon if my insurance company would give me a bag allowance. I have all sorts of diabetes baggage to haul around with me now and it meant up-sizing my purse and acquiring a meter pouch. Even though meters come with little pouches, there’s not enough room in them to keeps my alcohol wipes, insulin vial and glucose tabs too!
This actually has me curious as to how men with diabetes transport all their gear around.
This post is my May entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2012/may-dsma-blog-carnival-2/