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mmgirls
01-05-2009, 02:27 PM
We get 300 a month which I think is the max, but I was wondering if people were able to get more for hteir insurance companies, and if i should try. Some months we have extra but then we get wacko numbers and use them up. This month we may run out!

TerpSteph
01-05-2009, 02:33 PM
We just got Matt's prescription rewritten to allow 300 strips a month. It had to be approved before we could get them. He used to get 200 a month, but we didn't think that was enough now that he is pumping.

For the poll, I selected 250 because 300 wasn't a choice. :cwds:

BozziesMom
01-05-2009, 02:36 PM
400. Hopefully, this will stick. I had to fight a bit for it.

Jacque471
01-05-2009, 02:38 PM
Our insurance only allows 200. Our Endo fought with them and got Prior Auth for 350. She tried to get us 400, but the highest they would go was 350. We still run out every month by day 26 or so and we can refill on day 24.

NicksMother
01-05-2009, 02:39 PM
Our mail order company has been sending 150 per month but they are supposed to be sending 200 per month. I hope by the next order this will be staightened out.

diamondback688
01-05-2009, 02:47 PM
400 a month here.

Zac's Mom
01-05-2009, 02:55 PM
400 here too

KitKat
01-05-2009, 02:57 PM
400 because we test so much with his sports. Sometimes we still run out!!

Connie(BC)Type 1
01-05-2009, 03:05 PM
400 .

joy orz
01-05-2009, 03:10 PM
How do you guys do this! We only get 200 a month and that was a big battle. We used to only get 4 strips a day. It took me months to get 200. We run out all the time, and of course I still test her so we're spending gobs on strips.

How did you get the 400 a month? What insurance do you have? We have Cigna.

Thanks!

zell828
01-05-2009, 03:11 PM
We get 400 per month. 6 boxes (50 each) for my SD and 2 boxes for my husband. My husband gets the same brand so we can use them for SD or him.

Beach bum
01-05-2009, 03:14 PM
500 strips per month.

Flutterby
01-05-2009, 03:14 PM
we get 400 a month, but we don't use that many.. we usually have between 100-150 left over..

CButler
01-05-2009, 03:20 PM
We get 300, but I run out most of the time. I need to get it raised to 400.

mmgirls
01-05-2009, 03:38 PM
Thank you for all that responded, I am going to try to get the 400 from our insurance. With my little one now attempting to test herself more often and strips that don't always want "suck up" we have had more than a few errors with the One touch strips. I wish they would cover 2 types of strips, The one touch for the PING and either contour or Aviva for my DD, those ones suck up faster for her.

BozziesMom
01-05-2009, 03:54 PM
How do you guys do this! We only get 200 a month and that was a big battle. We used to only get 4 strips a day. It took me months to get 200. We run out all the time, and of course I still test her so we're spending gobs on strips.

How did you get the 400 a month? What insurance do you have? We have Cigna.

Thanks!

I have BC/BS. I actually called the insurance company (original CDE said no way they'd cover more than 300, so she wouldn't write it). Had the BC girl on the other end keep plugging in numbers until she hit the ceiling. That was 400. So new endo wrote "test up to 13 times per day." So it took changing endos on my end. :rolleyes:

I don't know what Cigna would have done. We had Cigna at dx, but it changed to BC/BS during his hospitalization. (Had an insurance change during childbirth with him too.) What timing he has.

liasmommy2000
01-05-2009, 04:01 PM
Four hundred. We did need a letter of medical necessity from the doctor, but once we got that faxed to the insurance company, it went through that day.

I have an HMO through Blue Care Network of MI. It's a plan specific to my employer (a large university). They have top notch coverage for diabetes meds and supplies. Back when we first got the approval for more than 200 strips I did have trouble because the DME supplier we used kept saying that they endo's office was writing it wrong and refused to even submit it to the insurance company-they were beyond rude. I eventually called the insurance company (in tears I'll admit) and explained the situation. They told me how the endo's office needed to write it and how they needed the letter and gave me the number to fax it to. A few hours later we had the strips.
Later we needed it upped even more and it went through no problem.

wvchinacat
01-05-2009, 04:01 PM
We get 400

Andrew's Mom
01-05-2009, 04:15 PM
We only get 150 a month :( we always use more than that. We have to buy the extra. I hope we can get that changed at our next endo appt.

Cathy

Tena
01-05-2009, 04:16 PM
We get 400 but had to get approval. The approval lasts for 1 yr then I will have to fight it again. We have BCBS of Oklahoma and they only wanted to give us 200 a month.

annaluvspink
01-05-2009, 04:18 PM
225--so, I picked around 250

Kalebsmom
01-05-2009, 04:22 PM
Kaleb gets 300 a month and I had to fight to get insurance to cover that. They only wanted to cover 200. I may see if we can up it to 400 as it would not cost me anymore as the max per order is $140.00 for a 3 month supply.

Zanesmommy
01-05-2009, 04:30 PM
I chose 250, we actually get 200 but that was not a choice.

diamondback688
01-05-2009, 04:42 PM
We did need a letter of medical necessity from the doctor, but once we got that faxed to the insurance company, it went through that day.


Same here.

Kalebsmom
01-05-2009, 04:51 PM
UPDATE-

Cigna just declined Kaleb's renewal on his test strips for 300. They say he needs no more than 204 a month. I am having the endo write a letter to Cigna.

danismom79
01-05-2009, 04:58 PM
We get 300/month, but I don't know what the limit is with my insurance. I just got the script written to test 10 times a day.

s0ccerfreak
01-05-2009, 05:08 PM
I get 350 per month, but the prescription must say "test blood glucose 10-14 times daily" or insurance will deny it.

diamondback688
01-05-2009, 05:09 PM
UPDATE-

Cigna just declined Kaleb's renewal on his test strips for 300. They say he needs no more than 204 a month. I am having the endo write a letter to Cigna.

204? What the heck kind of number is that?:confused:

cindyrn6617
01-05-2009, 05:23 PM
400 per month

CaelinsMommy
01-05-2009, 05:24 PM
We also get 204 per month, I belive that is the max for Tricare. We have a new rx though with instructions to test 10 to 12 times a day, DH is calling the pharmacy now to try to have it filled. 204 was doing just fine for us before but we seem to have had a number of lows lately and I've had to test more frequently through the night.

MamaC
01-05-2009, 05:44 PM
They *were* giving us 250 every two months, which was fine at the start. Recent massive testing led us to request an increase so they manually overrode to 250 every 41 days.

Luckily my MIL came through with a stockpile of 4 boxes for us (200).

joy orz
01-05-2009, 05:49 PM
UPDATE-

Cigna just declined Kaleb's renewal on his test strips for 300. They say he needs no more than 204 a month. I am having the endo write a letter to Cigna.

Good luck. Our endo wrote two letters and denied both times. Hopefully, you guys will get through to them. I hate Cigna these days. They also think we need only pump supplies for every three days TO THE DAY and don't believe in things like site failures. Boy was that the battle royal. Got it fixed though.

Kalebsmom
01-05-2009, 06:00 PM
Joy-I am hoping there is no problems from Cigna. They approved it at dx for a year, but I am wondering if now they wont.

They did pay for Kaleb to change his site every 2 days. He gets 15 a month and did not have to fight over that, (yet ). Cigna USED to be a good insurance company, but as of lately they have fought us on everything.

Rusty
01-05-2009, 06:05 PM
We get 300 a month and that is usually enough. Wow, to get 400 a month and still run out is a LOT of testing.

Seans Mom
01-05-2009, 06:12 PM
Good luck. Our endo wrote two letters and denied both times. Hopefully, you guys will get through to them. I hate Cigna these days. They also think we need only pump supplies for every three days TO THE DAY and don't believe in things like site failures. Boy was that the battle royal. Got it fixed though.

We have Cigna and have never had a problem getting supplies. We've never been told what the limit was either. We get 400 strips/mo. and 5 boxes of insets and tubing every 3 months. Reading this I'm thinking it's not Cigna as much as it's because DH's employer does a great job of negotiating benefits. :confused:

jacobandhannah
01-05-2009, 06:20 PM
We get 300. Haven't ever tried to get more. But we had no problem getting them covered. We have Caremark prescription coverage.

ecs1516
01-05-2009, 07:05 PM
We get 900 every three months.
per child.

Schleprock
01-05-2009, 07:14 PM
Wow! We only get 200 per month and always run out too. I had to fight just to get that many!

Maggie's Mom
01-05-2009, 07:15 PM
We only get 150 a month. We always run out. Our daughter is covered under state funded Medicare. My husband is self-employed and we only have a "catastrophic illness" insurance plan (premium we could afford, but a $5000 deductible!) So we are considered "underinsured" and because of Maggie being diabetic we receive the state coverage for her. We are thankful for the extra coverage, but it is a battle every month. To receive more strips a month we would have to submit a log from her monitor to "prove" that we test 8-10 times a day. Some days we don't, some days we do, some days we use more than that! With a child in school it is nearly impossible to test every 2 hours 24/7! Our Dr. has tried unsuccessfully to help us out. They want proof.... Wouldn't it be nice if diabetes was predictable?

giddyup_go
01-05-2009, 07:25 PM
This last month (our first with D) the dr prescribed 200 strips. But our insurance changed and now they cover One Touch Ultra strips at 100%! I even check on 300 strips and is still showed ZERO for the co-pay. I just checked on 400 and it still shows zero. So tomorrow at our appt I'm going to ask them to change the prescription to 300.

BozziesMom
01-05-2009, 07:28 PM
This last month (our first with D) the dr prescribed 200 strips. But our insurance changed and now they cover One Touch Ultra strips at 100%! I even check on 300 strips and is still showed ZERO for the co-pay. I just checked on 400 and it still shows zero. So tomorrow at our appt I'm going to ask them to change the prescription to 300.

Why not go for 400 if it still costs $0? Never hurts to have extra and those things aren't cheap if you ever needed to go out of pocket.

giddyup_go
01-05-2009, 08:51 PM
True! I might ask for 400 strips. She has been doing a LOT of testing herself lately, LOL. I've even had to tell her NO a few times. :cwds: I didn't want to run out of strips. But I also don't want to hold her back if she's getting more comfortable with all of this.

I wish out insurance paid 100% for other D supplies too. They don't pay for syringes at all, so we got our second box from Wal-Mart (their Reli-On brand). I haven't noticed any difference between those and the BD syringes other than price (half as much).

Logansmom
01-05-2009, 08:58 PM
UPDATE-

Cigna just declined Kaleb's renewal on his test strips for 300. They say he needs no more than 204 a month. I am having the endo write a letter to Cigna.

I had same problem. Endo called for an override and now we get 300 amonth

misscaitp
01-05-2009, 09:15 PM
Through TricareNorth I get 800 test strips for 3 months, so approx. 266 per month. But the next shipment it should have 400 test strips per month because we had CDE put in a script, and usually she can get anything to get approved. But the 266 a month is definitely not going to cut it, I usually start to fall short like 2-3 weeks before the shipment.