Hello! My name is Sam and I have been a T1D since February 2008. I was immediately put on a Medtronic insulin pump 3 months after my diagnosis and was taken off in 2012 before I went off to college. I had been taking shots up until 2014 until I was admitted into the hospital for DKA (first time). After that I had been put back onto the Medtronic insulin pump until I was introduced to the Omnipod. Since starting the Omnipod in December 2015, my A1c has dropped from 10.2 to 6.6 (June 2016). Not only do I feel so much healthier but also “normal” especially with no tubes attached. I cannot put into words how much I love the Omnipod compared to the Minimed.
Here’s where it gets messy. I am still covered under my parents insurance (Aetna) and they refuse to cover the Omnipod supplies. Not only do I have the test results confirming I do not respond well to shots or the Minimed, but I also have referrals from both my physical doctor and my endocrinologist saying how much healthier I am now vs. the Minimed. I am beginning to lose hope of how I am able to keep my Omnipod without having to pay out of pocket for my supplies. I am a full time student working part time and cannot afford $300 for a month supply of pods. Has anyone had any success with the Omnipod vs. their insurance? If so, please let me know how you achieved such a triumphant accomplishment.
Note: I have already contacted Omnipod to see what they could do but so far no such luck.