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[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.

Good luck!


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?

Dxd 1983
Pumping since 2000
Used MM 508, 712
Now using MM 715
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