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Cost of insulin, pump supplies
2 years ago  ::  Apr 17, 2013 - 11:08AM #2
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This is a real tragedy.  Unfortunately we have to research ahead of time before we switch plans.  I get my insulin, meds, needles and etc. through a Medicare prescription plan that does cost me a small monthly premium.  They told me I could get one with no premium because I am low income.  But it would be a case of penny wise but pound foolish.

Is there anyway that you can get back on your old plan?  I know you could if it was a Medicare prescription plan.


2 years ago  ::  Apr 06, 2013 - 10:26AM #1
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I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 31 years and on the pump for more than 25. Recently, my monthly insurance premium through my employer went way up. I was in a hurry and switched to a cheaper plan upon the advice of the insurance company. I recently found, to my horror, that there is a $1,500 deductible for durable medical equipment (pump supplies) and a $500 deductible for non-generic drugs (like insulin) and a giant co-pay after that.

I never paid much attention to the price of insulin since it was always covered by insurance. Now I find that Humolog is $169 a bottle and Novolog even more expensive.  

Anyone found any alternatives? 

As for pump supplies, I talked to a MiniMed representative and the best she could do after 25 years was to suggest a payment plan.

Any suggestions?

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