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Re: [IP] Medicare ALJ case

Listening to everybody talking about Medicare and being not so far from 
being on Medicare, what all Type 1's might want to get into, if we can 
get the ADA to carry it, is a class action lawsuit.

The criticism of the right was that national health care would lead to 
so-called death squads seems to be correct with regard to people who 
have Type 1 (insulin-dependent, auto-immune) diabetes because:

1.  All diabetics are required to take a C-peptide test, apparently in 
the hope that the need for insulin has magically disappeared and now a 
regimen of care suitable for the needs of Type 2 diabetics is all that 
is needed.  (If the shoe doesn't fit, chop off the toes and ram the foot 
back in.)

2.  If insulin is needed, Medicare rule-makers do not consider that the 
most widely used insulins today are not the same as the older, almost 
obsolete types commonly prescribed in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. 
Apidra, Humalog and Novalog require careful and constant monitoring. 
Older insulins like NPH and Lente are not used very much.  (Does anybody 
know anybody who is on NPH?)

3.  Type 1 diabetics have a longer life expectancy and a longer survival 
span.  I just saw an article that said at the ADA's San Diego meeting, 
the average life expectancy for a person with Type 1 diabetes is now 
68.something years.  (Yippee, I have 10 years left to live, and I'm 
going to enjoy them to the max!)

4.  There are new complications from Type 1 diabetes that are becoming 
more obvious and appearing more frequently with this longer life-span, 
such as gastroparesis (pardon my spelling).  Now we need more test 
strips than ever before.  Beta blockers also interfere with the ability 
to sense lows.

Washington bureaucrats hear the word "diabetes" and figure that people 
over the age of 65 are not going to have "brittle" diabetes.  It's the 
same mentality that almost killed my Type 1 mother when the nursing home 
she was in decided that she didn't need any insulin because her blood 
sugar was in the "normal" range.  Well, a BG of 1300 because of her 
missed injection(s) wasn't funny.

We need to organize!

Denise B.

On 6/30/2011 7:43 PM, Phyllis wrote:
> Shirley,
> None of what Medicare or it's payers are doing makes any sense to me. I
> will be sure to post the outcome of the ALJ hearing. So far that is the
> only item that I have had a problem with; test strips.
> I am fortunate to have an Endocrinologist that is willing to be heard at
> the hearing and that my supplier is going to speak on my behalf. This is
> my last opportunity to appeal , as I understand it, and I will let you
> and others know what happens.
> I'm also fortunate to have a supplier that is not withholding the test
> strips he knows I need and an Endocrinologist that cares for his
> patients as if they were his family.
> Phyllis
> Ft. Myers, Fl.
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