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



No, I had Horizon Blue Cross at the time. It was perfect for the device, was a
100/70 plan in NJ, paid 100 percent after using some complicated formula to
assess charges. pays some specialists very well, but a lot of primaries and
hospitals hate the insurance becuase of of the low payouts. But the great
thing was the plan I was on covered all my diabetes supplies.

David Jones
freelance journalist
https://davidjones.contently.com
973-485-4153 (phone)
862-763-8304 (mobile)


> From: email @ redacted
> Subject: Re: [IP] Medicare, Medtronic and the pathway program.
> Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:35:03 -0400
> To: email @ redacted
>
> Are you on Medicare?
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> 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
> > 973-485-4153 (phone)
> > 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
> >> ________________
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> >> (732) 224-8988
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