Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From New York, New York, USA:

My son has been using a glucose meter for the last which five years with minimal adult supervision, only to have our insurance company change its designation to different meter requiring a parent to supervise to ensure he has sufficient blood. Hence we are having to pay upwards of $100 a month on strips because we are not using the the insurance company's designated meter. Can you help us contact the insurance company and argue on behalf of us so that we may continue to use the other meter without the undue financial burden it is currently causing? Our son's health would be compromised if we had to use their formally deignated product.


Our role here is not to take a direct role in representing individuals in their disputes with healthcare payers. State laws permit managed care organizations to establish formularies that can limit subscriber choices to certain pharmaceuticals or brands of durable medical goods like blood glucose monitors and strips.

If you choose to use another brand of monitor, you will have to pay for it out of pocket or pay a higher deductible. Another option, if you or your spouse works for an employer that offers a choice of several health plans, you should investigate changing plans. A point of service or indemnity plan may provide you with better benefits, although they usually cost more.


Original posting 18 Nov 2002
Posted to Insurance/Costs


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.