Support Medicare Coverage of CGMs

Want to help ensure that seniors on Medicare have access to continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices? Then be sure to support the initiative by diabetes advocacy group JDRF to advance this important priority.

CGM devices use tiny sensors inserted into the skin to continuously monitor the glucose levels in the interstitial fluid (the fluid between the cells). These systems help improve glucose control by showing users how their glucose levels are trending and giving them advance warning of impending highs or lows. A JDRF-funded study found that adults using CGM had reduced A1C levels (a measure of glucose control over the previous 2–3 months) and reduced rates of severe hypoglycemia (low blood glucose).

Advertisement

Although hypoglycemia is the most common complication experienced by older adults with diabetes, Medicare does not currently cover CGMs, leaving many people over 65 without access to this important management tool. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Cochairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate that would “facilitate Medicare coverage of CGMs, and help pave the way for the next generation of CGM-related technologies, such as Artificial Pancreas (AP) systems.

JDRF is calling on all supporters to e-mail their senators asking them to cosponsor this legislation and to sign the JDRF petition to Medicare.

To learn more, or to sign JDRF’s petition or find out how to contact your senators, visit the JDRF website.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

  • Ferne

    I have no confidence in anything that has to do with our government. That causes anxiety and worry and those in charge could care less.

  • jim snell

    Way to go Ferne:

    unfortunately, we have an unfortunate approach to technology here.

    I agree, these items should be made available but the current restrictive idiocy that limits its use is absolutely stupid.

    Instead of making these items as cost effective as possible and get the volume up as high as possible; there never will be a rational answer to this issue.

    We absolutely should get high volume mass production on this and get prices down to $ 200 for the electronics or less and low cost as sensors as well.

    Presently some fool has decided to make this a prescription item. What for, you cannot dose with it and the current restrictions makes costs so prohibitive.

    The example is the VCR that started in the studio at $ 1 mill or more per unit to today’s VCR made in volume at sub $ 200 or better.

    But nope – lets limit this to type 1’s, type 2’s can get lost. Type 1’s represent 15 % of diabetic population while type 2’s are 85 %.

    This is such an inane pack of stupidity that could be easily solved.

    I as a type 2 who was lucky to get one and dammed glad I did as it and working with my doctor helped to correct the mess of my 30 year plus type 2 , liver dumps and liver leakages et all.

  • jim snell

    Folks:

    Why is Diabetes treatment stuck in the Dark Ages? My caveman finger prick machine was good enough for me, my wet fingers in the wind, Merlin’s magic wand and guess and by golley! Today other medical fields have been making miracles with Cat scan, Pet Scan; 3d cat scan, MRI and MRI spectography that has been working for better cures for many medical problems.

    Yet here today we are stuck on ancient tools, unable to incorporate new technology to help others and the numbers of Type 2 and I believe Type 1 are increasing and it is now believed we could get to 40 per cent of the American population will have type 2.

    It does not seem the current approach is working to arrest this mess.

    Any other business would fire its management with the horrific numbers on diabetes and the lack of any real progress we presently show today!

    So as a Diabetic, which path do you want to be on – use of newer more modern tools or stay on the path of the buggy whip, Merlin’s magic wand, prayers and hope Doctor has enough extensive experience!

  • Dawn Chapman

    I have had Type 1 Diabetes since 1979. I have Brittle Diabetes and no longer feel the signs of low blood sugar. I still function in the low 40s (just a lot slower). I have had eye surgery and now am getting a leg brace due to bone breakage in my foot. A CBG system would help me by allowing me to be employed. I am currently ‘disabled’ due to diabetes and it’s complications. I feel lucky to still be living!