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Starting Insulin Pump Therapy: Why Wait?

By Naomi Kingery

Social Community Manager

Posted:  6/19/2014 9:47 PM

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Considering insulin pump therapy, but on the fence about wearing one? Pumper since age 17 and person with type 1 diabetes for 37 years, Cindy Tenney, encourages you not to wait. Watch the video to find out why. If you’ve made the move to insulin pump therapy, share your experiences with us in the comments below!

Comments

Peg

Posted on Fri Jun 20 18:35:54 GMT 2014

I started pumping about 10 years ago. I was working in a position that required travel every weekend, with very little sleep and lots of terrible food, I found myself out of control. My doctor insisted I start pumping or quite my job.
I have just upgraded to the new 530G and cannot even remember why I was so against the pump.
Keeps me stable, it is convenient and I barely know I am wearing one.
I encourage all diabetics using insulin to throw away their needles and vials and go high-tech!

Best in health,
Peg

ROY

Posted on Sat Jun 21 23:21:04 GMT 2014

Medtronic / MiniMed Insulin Pumps

For twenty years the Medtronic Insulin Pumps have been a great help to me in achieving the best glucose control possible. My 20 years of insulin pump history began in 1994 with the MM 504 then the 508 and 715, 722, and now the 723 Revel. Twenty years and five pumps all in upgrades and now we have the Medtronic 530 G wth Enlite, the CGM system technology.

All of this is fantastic for those of us who are dibetic with the exception of one very urgent and inportant issue. The issue is the 530 G insulin pump with Enlite is NOT covered by Medicare.

The frustration is with what appers to be the political process regarding Medicare and the inability to approve health insurance companies to cover this needed technology.

The CGM system is expensive however, it's annual cost is low when measured against the cost of one ER or hospital stay due to a serious low and or high blood glucose event.

Medicare has not made a decision to cover the continuous glucose montoring systemin more than a year

It is with immense frustration that I have sent requests to Medicare to act and approve coverage for this vital technology. Medtronic and partners are working to have Medicare move forward with coverage.

Please help to move Medicare to approve the full CGM system.

Thank You

Joel

Posted on Mon Jun 23 19:10:00 GMT 2014

Peg, happy to hear you’re doing well on insulin pump therapy and enjoying the new system! Keep us updated on your journey!

Roy, thank you for being a loyal Medtronic customer, and putting your trust in us for all of these years! As you mentioned, Medtronic is actively working with various groups including professional and patient societies, Government Affairs, and industry partners to address the lack of coverage and payment for CGM technology. Our goal is to ensure consistent access for anyone with diabetes who can benefit from insulin pump and/or CGM therapy, as well as continue to develop more advanced diabetes management technology. It’s great you’re active in advocating for these efforts, and we will keep the community updated as we make progress. We also suggest that you talk with your health care team, so they can advocate for CGM coverage on your behalf.

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