[IP] Insurance and Your Second Pump
I just went through this process with my Insurance Company: Anthem (Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Virginia).
My 508 was out of warranty. I have a local supplier that handles all of my
insurance and my supplies for me, so I did not deal with MiniMed directly.
What the insurance company needed was a "medical necessity" for a new
one. The folks at my 3rd party supplier have pump specialists that do this
type of thing all day long. They asked me if I had any scratches on the
screen deep enough to affect my viewing the screen (I did). That was
enough for them to go with and get a new prescription from my endo for
another pump. They also asked me about battery life, which was still fine
in my case but apparently could be a determining factor in getting another
Some people on the IP list have suggested that you pump could be made,
ahem, to not work so well anymore.
At 02:03 PM 2/3/2005, you wrote:
>Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005 08:21:43 -0500
>From: "Rowe, Kelly" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IP] Insurance and Your Second Pump
>My insurance company is balking at paying their relatively small
>contribution for purchasing a new pump because they know I have one that is
>still in service. The reimbursement specialist that is working on my case
>will attempt to convince the insurance company that because my 508 is over 4
>years old and out of warranty it should be replaced. We'll see how that
>I'm curious how other insurers handle this situation. What has been your
>experience when upgrading your pump?
Pumping since 2000
Used MM 508, 712
Now using MM 715
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