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Re: [IP] Medicare, Medtronic and the pathway program.



Are you on Medicare?

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Phyllis 

> On Mar 20, 2014, at 5:46 PM, David Jones <email @ redacted> wrote:
> 
 > I think the policy may depend on your insurance and how recent your pump is.
I
> started on the Minimed last January and got the upgrade for free to the 530G
> with a couple of boxes of sensors through a trade in program at no extra cost
> 
> David Jones
> freelance journalist
> https://davidjones.contently.com
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> 862-763-8304 (mobile)
> 
> 
>> Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:43:43 -0400
>> Subject: [IP] Medicare, Medtronic and the pathway program.
>> From: email @ redacted
>> To: email @ redacted
>> 
>> My Medtronic pump is almost 4 years old, and I just called Medtronic to
>> inquire about the pathway upgrade program. Now that I have the facts
>> straight, I thought I should document them for other insulin pumper
> members.
>> 
>> Medtronic will let me use the pathway program to upgrade my pump to the new
>> 530 G provided I complete the process earlier than 3 years and 9 months
>> after I purchased the pump. (As it happens, I called in the last month of
>> eligibility). My cost is $700, with $300 back when I return my old pump.
>> 
>> I had purchased a continuous blood glucose monitor with my current pump. I
>> was told that I would still have to purchase a transmitter and sensors for
>> my new pump if I wanted to use them, since Medicare does not cover those
>> items.
>> 
>> For those people who are not on Medicare, I get the impression that the
>> eligibility date for an upgrade is 2 years and 9 months. But don't hold me
>> to that!
>> 
>> Happy pumping. :-)
>> 
>> George
>> ________________
>> George E Eberhardt
>> (732) 224-8988
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