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Re: [IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V13 #305

 Perhaps the answer is to get on SSI. Many diabetics would probably be eligible
for the benefit.

On Dec 15, 2013, at 6:11 PM, Tina Hudspeth <email @ redacted> wrote:

> Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:55:20 -0500 (EST)
> From: email @ redacted
> Subject: Re: [IP] Medicare and pump rental.
> Why would anyone want to "rent" an insulin pump?  I'd chanmge over to  MM,
> they (or as I undersatnd it), "exchange" their pumps every few years to a
> newer model.  Not sure about any costs incurred by anyone.  I received  mine
> in Jan 12, it was from the V.A. but wheni do call for any assistance they
> remind me that it is still under their policy until 15 so I'd have to talk
> to
> my  provide about getting an updated one.  Now that I'm using SSI  the VA
> has no financial bearing on it I get everything free from MM/medicare. No
> bills,  no co pays no hassle, evry month I get what I need, senors, strips
> resv quik sets..etc. Been since March 13. I don't even need tocall or
> submit
> a  request for a refill.
> Happy Holidays to all
> REPLY.........
> From Tina  email @ redacted
> Unfortunately, many people are not in your situation, and everybody is
> unique, I know.
> I have had Medicaid and SSI at the same time in the past, had co-pays, but
> were low. Was not on the pump at that time, so can't speak to that.
> Everyone's set up is different. Since you are not paying anything or
> receiving bills for it, just means that someone else is paying them, be it
> VA, SSI, Medicare or Medicaid. Since you receive SSI, you probably have
> both Medicare and Medicaid and between them and maybe VA being billed 3rd.
> I don't know. What I DO know, is that pump companies and supply companies
> want MONEY and some fund somewhere is getting billed.
> I am not griping, just pondering and maybe being a little jealous, but glad
> that things are turning out for you at this time. With all the changes in
> insurance, I would keep my fingers crossed though.
> .
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