Support Omnipod’s Pursuit of Medicare Coverage

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Help make sure people with diabetes have access to the equipment they need once they begin Medicare coverage.  A few clicks is all it takes to support this important effort.

The Omnipod tubeless insulin pump has changed the lives of thousands of people living with diabetes. This system was cleared by the FDA over 10 years ago and is still the only FDA-cleared insulin delivery device NOT reimbursed by Medicare.  As a result, many stand to lose access to the Omnipod system when they transition from private health insurance and into Medicare.

Recently, several prestigious organizations have joined in the effort to ensure that people with diabetes don’t lose access to the Omnipod® Insulin Management System once they are no longer covered by private insurance. These include:

  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • Endocrine Society
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Now, you can join the cause.  And all it takes is TWO CLICKS.  You can quickly and easily engage your Members of Congress who serve on the committees that are most influential with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for Medicare.  Click here to send a letter.  A suggested letter has already been written that you can edit if you wish.  All you need to do is enter your name, email and address, and the online service will automatically email your letter to the appropriate offices. 

If you don’t think this can make a difference, you’re quite mistaken.  Many healthcare policies have been changed and improved through this type of “grass roots” effort.  Your personal involvement in this effort can make a real difference!

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:36+00:00 September 16th, 2016|September 2016 Newsletter|1 Comment

About the Author:

Integrated Diabetes Services is the worldwide leader in one-on-one consulting for people who use insulin. Diabetes “coaching” services are available in-person and remotely via phone and the internet for children and adults.

One Comment

  1. James F Bill March 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I have appealed Medicare on behalf of my wife a Diabetic for 60 years now to the 4th level (MAC Board) of the Medicare Appeals process only to be DENIED. When will Medicare GET IT? First off, I feel the Omnipod Pods were mis-coded from their beginning. They should be declared supplies like tubing is for tube type pumps that is covered under Medicare Part D supplies and not declared a physical pump that doesn’t have a useful life. As you may know, the pump in the Omnipod system is what is called the PDM or Personal Data Manager, and is the “PUMP” that tells the Pod how much insulin to deliver. Without the PDM (that has a useful life of three years or more) the PODs would NOT deliver the correct amount of insulin. I don’t know how to convey this message to the powers to be at Medicare any better.? If someone else has a better idea, I wish they would come forward to help clarify this situation so that the thousands on Medicare using the Omnipod System can FINALLY get this device approved.

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