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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.

If you're interested in the rest of this story point your
web browser to:
(url broken in half)

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