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RE: [IP] Test Strip Restrictions



This is the schedule I used from 2005 till 2014. Kept my A1c between 5.2 to
6.1. Since Jan 1 2014 my insurance will only allow me 4 strips a day. Last
Endo Visit my A1c was 7.1.
So Insurance says that 7.1 is ok for a 71year old male. I think they are
practicing medicine without a license.



John S Wilkinson
Rome, NY



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Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:30 PM
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Subject: Re: [IP] Test Strip Restrictions

The way I see it (and this reply may have already been sent - in the middle
of my diatribe, my computer switched to a list of the best bars in
Portland).
Anyway, the way I see it insurance companies must then be more interested in
paying for EMS transport, Emergency Dept fees, costs associated with
complications. I am fortunate, my health plan covers what my physician Rx's.
I have an Rx for 10-15 tests a day:
1) Upon Waking
2) Before breakfast
3) fter Breakfast
4) Before Lunch
5) After Lunch
6) Before gym/hiking etc
7) After said physical activity
8) Before dinner
9) After dinner
10 Bedtime.
Then there are those times during activity, every time I get behind the
steering wheel of a vehicle,B  or my CGM tells me things are changing (I pay
out of pocket for the CGM - well worth it).
In Oregon there was a discussion by the health policy board about limiting
strips for people with type 2 to 2 strips a week. That's ridiculous - how
can they determine the before and after effects of something they ate, or
activity.

----- Original Message -----

From: "Steven Schoch"
<schoch6+insulin-pumpers.org+email @ redacted>
To: "IP" <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:09:58 AM
Subject: Re: [IP] Test Strip Restrictions

I can see the problem from the view of the health care companies. If they
allow unlimited test strips with low co-pays, then some patients will get
more than they need, and sell their excess, which will eventually end up on
Amazon.com.

On the other hand, if the companies stopped providing strips and just let
the patients buy their own (after all, they don't require a prescription),
then some patients will limit the number they buy, based on their budget.
This could result in less testing, and less BG control.

The bottom line is that it's impossible to tell exactly how many strips a
patient needs, or what they are actually using.

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