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[IP] CGM and Dexcom vs Navigator



Abbott if you are listening; please bring back the Navigator. The Navigator
was far more accurate than the Dexcom G4 and now I find out that my
transmitter has to be replaced after less than a year at the cost of $599.00.
That's ridiculous! It's only guaranteed for 6 months, but they tell me that
some people get longer use. I would be embarrassed to tell a customer that
after paying the cost of the unit to begin with and paying for sensors, that
they would now have to replace the transmitter at a cost of $599.00. The
Navigator, in addition to being far more accurate, had a transmitter that
would last up to five years without having to be replaced. Mine was going
strong well into the fourth year. At the initial cost and the cost of sensors
and having to replace transmitters every six months, I would not expect
Medicare to approve CGM. As a person on Medicare myself, I would not vote to
have  Medicare reimburse for something that expensive and only marginally
accurate.







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Re: [IP] Medicare and CGM
Re: [IP] Medicare and CGM
[IP] Knowledge, power and Insulin Pumpers
Profile of stan white <email @ redacted>

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Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:56:49 -0500 (EST)
From: email @ redacted
Subject: Re: [IP] Medicare and CGM

Wondering why NH dems need to pass a bill for something that already
 exists? CGM's covered by Medicare for those of age & on SSID. Been for years
that I know of.  But, hey, our lovely government  at work doing whats
already done.


In a message dated 2/17/2014 5:52:31 P.M. Central Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:

Now that  I write a blog, I don't post much at insulin Pumpers anymore. I do
read it,  but there is only so much writing I can do about diabetes.

Sue Berger,  who is a contributor to my blog, wrote a blogpost today about
what
you can  do to support H.R. 3710: Medicare CGM Coverage Act. Sue has been in
contact  with the Legal Assistant of Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1] who is the
sponsor
of  the bill and Sue outlines the steps that Shea-Porter's assistant would
like
us to take.

The link for the post  is:
http://testguessandgo.com/2014/02/17/join-the-crusade/

I will be  on Medicare in 3 years and I can't imagine being without my
Dexcom.
The G4  has been a life-changing device for me. When I get to Medicare, I
will
have  been on CGM for almost ten years with full insurance coverage.

If you'd  like to track the bill, the link  is:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3710

Although it is  unlikely that this bill will pass, I strongly believe that I
need to  contact my representative following the instructions in Sue's
blogpost.
If  nothing else, many people and legislators will get education about the
value
of CGM and in the future, we'll see a different decision. And how can  I
expect
Medicare regulations to change if I'm not willing to try to get  them
changed?

You can contact Sue through the blog if you would like to  share your
story.

And check out my blog if you're interested:   http://testguessandgo.com
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Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:55:48 -0800
From: Greg Farkas <email @ redacted>
Subject: Re: [IP] Medicare and CGM

The coverage of CGM by Medicare varies by state and its no covered in
CA....among many others. That is the purpose ...to make CGM coverage
consistent in all states.   My CGM is an Incredible  help, am SSDI and get
no assistance.  Its a difficult life without it....mostly tryi g to find
deals or supplies old model users have on hand
Anyone w Dexcom +7 sensors or transmitter....please contact me!
Greg
email @ redacted
Thanks!
On Feb 18, 2014 1:57 PM, <email @ redacted> wrote:

> Wondering why NH dems need to pass a bill for something that already
>  exists? CGM's covered by Medicare for those of age & on SSID. Been for
> years
> that I know of.  But, hey, our lovely government  at work doing whats
> already done.
>
>
> In a message dated 2/17/2014 5:52:31 P.M. Central Standard Time,
> email @ redacted writes:
>
> Now that  I write a blog, I don't post much at insulin Pumpers anymore. I
> do
> read it,  but there is only so much writing I can do about diabetes.
>
> Sue Berger,  who is a contributor to my blog, wrote a blogpost today about
> what
> you can  do to support H.R. 3710: Medicare CGM Coverage Act. Sue has been
> in
> contact  with the Legal Assistant of Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1] who is the
> sponsor
> of  the bill and Sue outlines the steps that Shea-Porter's assistant would
> like
> us to take.
>
> The link for the post  is:
> http://testguessandgo.com/2014/02/17/join-the-crusade/
>
> I will be  on Medicare in 3 years and I can't imagine being without my
> Dexcom.
> The G4  has been a life-changing device for me. When I get to Medicare, I
> will
> have  been on CGM for almost ten years with full insurance coverage.
>
> If you'd  like to track the bill, the link  is:
> https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3710
>
> Although it is  unlikely that this bill will pass, I strongly believe that
> I
> need to  contact my representative following the instructions in Sue's
> blogpost.
> If  nothing else, many people and legislators will get education about the
> value
> of CGM and in the future, we'll see a different decision. And how can  I
> expect
> Medicare regulations to change if I'm not willing to try to get  them
> changed?
>
> You can contact Sue through the blog if you would like to  share your
> story.
>
> And check out my blog if you're interested:   http://testguessandgo.com
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