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Re: [IP] Medicare won't even cover the strips we need

That's a good point. Diabetics are living longer--through our own efforts.
I have to constantly remind people about mature Type 1s. Apparently it's
still rare enough. I really wish type 1 and 2 had different names...they
are different diseases.

Thanks for the soapbox. Makes sense.

On Friday, May 31, 2013, d-d wrote:

> Getting back to the original subject, Medicare doesn't want to pay for the
> _testing_ supplies that we need, remember that Medicare came into existence
> in 1964 when almost every T1 diabetic died within 10 years of diagnosis.
> Then, as now, most T1's became diabetic as preteens, so every adult Type 1
> diabetic person was a anomaly - because most Type1 juvenile diabetics died
> before reaching age 25. Therefore, every diabetic person over the age of 40
> is T2, very stable BG-wise, and in no way needing test strips and certainly
> not continuous glucose management systems!  The Medicare system
> muckety-mucks seem to think that a pancreas will magically start
> functioning as a person ages.
> Not to skip over the T2's who can use strips and glucose monitors!  The
> system puts itself at risk if it has to pay more for care if people suffer
> the consequences of poor management of blood sugar levels.
> We need to educate the Medicare senior management,  Keep up the
> letter-writing campaign.  And...report the people who deliberately and
> callously  profit by buying/selling excess supplies.
> Off of my soapbox!
> Denise Br.
> On 5/31/2013 11:08 AM, Urb Anism wrote:
>> I agree. The gloating is hard to swallow, particularly since I (and many
>> of
>> us) are ineligible for SSI or SSDI. Being in SSI is not an
>> accomplisment. There is a general lack of understanding about individual
>> situations here anyway. It's irritating to hear someone from Arizona go on
>> and on about something that will never happen in Illinois, for example.
>> Nonetheless, what Piggly-Wiggly* charges for test strips can't help
>> me--but
>> it might help someone else.
> .
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