It’s the same with me, but it’s being on Medicare that makes it this way.
When diagnosed 4 years ago with an A1c of 10.6 and T1d at age 61, my then-insurance covered me for my (Dr. requested) 6 test strips a day using a regular bg meter. I tested 4-5 times per day and had extra strips for testing/rechecking lows and highs. The freedom to check my bg as frequently as I needed helped me to lower my A1c to 6.2.
Last June I aged into Medicare and learned they only allow 3 strips per day for type 1s UNLESS you jump through a bunch of their hoops: a 30 day log EVERY 90 days proving you tested as many times per day as you are requesting, signed by you & your dr.; two dr. office visit notes stating why you need to test that much (and apparently “so she doesn’t die from a low”, “to keep her from being hospitalized with dka” and “to help her maintain a good A1c” aren’t valid enough reasons); how long you need to test (until there’s a cure, or a transplant, or until I die?); and a recent A1c, and everything has to be cafefully worded or they will reject the request.
The last time I sent a new prescription and log I averaged 5.5 strips usage a day. Medicare only approved it for 5. Since June my A1c has crept up to 7 and now when I feel I may be going low I am afraid to use a test strip for fear I’ll run out.
I have spoken with supervisors at medicare and the mail order pharmacy but Medi- “Care” doesn’t, and the pharmacy says they have to submit to m’s rules.
I know medicare fraud is a problem, but, really? I guard my supplies!