I want to start out by saying that both my son and I are T1. I was diagnosed at age 8 in 1994. My son was diagnosed at age 2 in 2011. Both of us have had problems with insurance companies covering our medications and it has been hell.
I was on the Accu-Chek pump for a year when my insurance decided to stop covering supplies. Since the pump was still under warranty there was no way I was going to be able to get another pump (the one the insurance suddenly wanted to cover) so I had to go back on shots. My a1c went through the roof and I was constantly sick.
For my son, the problems started back in January when we switched insurance companies. He was using the humalog pen and the new insurance no longer wanted to cover humalog pen cartridges. They said that would only cover Novalog pen cartridges. So we called the doctor’s office and got a new pen and new prescription for the cartridges. When the pharmacy called in the new prescription, the insurance company refused to cover the Novolog as well. EVEN though we were told it’s what they would cover. The ONLY insulin they would now cover is a vial of Humalog. For the past several months we have had to continuously refill and old pen cartridge with a syringe over and over and over again. This is of course not the first time insurance has decided what is best for me. This is just what has happened in the last five months.
This whole experience has brought on more stress and sickness to both my son and I who already have enough to deal with on a day-to-day basis. It’s brought on depression and a burden that I didn’t even know I could feel.