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Re: [IP] insulin-pumpers-digest V3 #322



> Message text written by INTERNET:email @ redacted
> >Subject: [IP] Advice for taking on the Insurance Company<
> 
> I am going trogh the same thing, but in my case they are pushing the
> Precision.  I have used a Life Scan Profile since it came out and
> have a solid system of record keeping that helps me immensely.  I
> want to keep the system and don't believe the alleged differences in
> accuracy are that significant.  Aetna/USHealthcare will authorize
> the strips for the Precision but not for the Profile 
> 
> The issue is the collusion between product companies and the
> insurance companies that is taking away from us the ability to self
> manage our diabetes.  That self management, as you know, is very
> personal to each individual.
> 
> It is necessary to keep exchanging information andpublicize this
> issue whereever possible.  No one should take a dictated change
> lying down.  The squeaky wheel gets the grease and it is necessary
> for everyone to keep after the insurance companies and the product
> companies.  The real problem is that these decisions are being made
> without independent input from those of us who live with diabetes. 
> The decision makers don't understand the nature of self management.
> 
> Finally, we must keep pushing legislation to require certain
> coverages on both the state and federal level.


See the article in todays Boston Globe - redistributed in major 
newspapers nationwide ( I read it in the San Jose Mercury ).

The following story appeared in The Globe Online: 
Date: 07/29/99
Headline: Doctors hit HMOs on denials of care
Story Intro: 
Just as the US House was poised to take up the contentious matter of
patients' rights, a national survey of doctors and nurses has
concluded that HMOs often refuse to cover care, with serious
consequences for patients much of the time.
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If you're interested in the rest of this story point your
web browser to:
(url broken in half)
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/210/nation/
Doctors_hit_HMOs_on_denials_of_care+.shtml

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