I’ve had this medical coverage since October 2014. I got authorized to start pump therapy in April or May of 2015. I have the Accu Chek Spirit Combo, which calculates boluses and delivers them with just a few button presses on my meter. Great! My latest A1c is 7.2, after having been much higher for quite some time (that’s a long story). So, insulin pump therapy seems to be working great for my T1D.
For the past year, I’ve been going in circles with UHC and OptumRx, after receiving a letter from OptumRx that it will no longer cover testing supplies. I’ve called them, asked them what to do. The last time I talked to one of their reps, I was told that I could file an appeal, but it probably wouldn’t work. That’s probably true…the first time.
I’m severely annoyed, because if you don’t know, Accu Chek Aviva Plus test strips cost $189.99 for 100 strips. I have FSA, but I would rather not spend all my FSA account on test strips, which would easily be done.
I’ve been reading through my policy whatnot, and it doesn’t seem like OptumRx will cover literally any test strips through my plan. Which seems a little strange, because there have to be quite a few people with diabetes on my employer’s coverage. But, UHC will cover a new pump, if I recall correctly.
It’s frustrating. I don’t want to go back to the pens, insulin pump therapy really seems to be working for me.