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Re: [IP] Minimed Pathway, upgrading to GGMS question

I do not know of any insurance company that will cover the cost to upgrade
before the warranty is up.  Of course there may be a plan out there that I
have not heard of.  I was in a similar, tiomewise, as you are and I opted to
pay to upgrade prior to warranty being up.  It was $699 and then, once they
receive your old pump they will credit $400 back to your account.  So, you
are paying $299 for 2 years of a warantied pump.  Then, it will go out of
warranty.  Now my insurance will then pay for me to upgrade aqain at that
time to a brand new fully covered pump (whatever new stuff will be
The start-up sensor pack which includes your transmitter, 10 sensore,
charger and inserter are part of this kit.  I had to pay $86 for this, but
my next sensor order did not cost me a dime (great insurance).. Cynthia

On 5/21/08, Elizabeth Blake <email @ redacted> wrote:
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> I signed up for one of the Minimed classes that I swore was supposed to be
> about the CGMS. I have a 715 pump and do not currently use the CGMS but I
> am
> curious and wanted to find out more from actual users and see it in person.
> Well, when I got to the class the NP/CDE told me it was the intro to pump
> class
> which I definitely don't need. I was the first one there so she showed me
> her
> system (she's a T1/pumper). The weather was nasty (rainy/cold) and nobody
> else
> showed up, so I got to ask a bunch of questions, see the sensor &
> transmitter in
> person, see the different pump screens etc.
> I asked her if more insurance companies were covering the CGMS/supplies and
> told her what insurance I have. Both she & the Minimed rep (who had come in
> after I arrived) said that my insurance is covering it. They gave me the
> name &
> number for the sales rep who covers my part of the city (the rep at the
> class
> covers a different area). The NP/CDE told me that I could upgrade to a 722
> through the Pathway program and then get a prescription for the CGMS
> system,
> which insurance should cover. She also said that since my pump was 3 years
> old
> my insurance might cover a new one, but I doubt that.
> I wonder if it's worth doing the Pathway now or if I should wait another
> year
> until my warranty is up and ask for a whole new pump. The Pathway is around
> $300
> and right now money is tight, but I could probably do it. Has anybody
> gotten
> insurance to cover a whole new X22 system even if their old pump was still
> under
> warranty?
> --
> Liz
> Type 1 dx 4/1987
> Minimed 715 5/2005
> .
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