American diabetics fight for right to continuous blood glucose
3 August 2008
A group of American diabetics has launched a campaign to get
insurance companies to allow claims for continuous glucose monitoring
Diabetes Talkfest ran an online rally called CGMS Denial Day in
association with the online diabetes community Tudiabetes.com to raise
public awareness of how insurance companies are denying claims from
diabetics for continuous glucose monitors.
Following a positive response to the rally, Diabetes Talkfest has
launched the CGMS Denial Campaign, which has an online petition that
will be sent to all major health insurance providers. The campaign aims
to obtain at least 2000 signatures for the first round of the campaign
by November 9, 2008.
Diabetestalkfest.com founder Gina Capone said, "After a recent
week-long trial with a CGMS, during which time my blood sugars were
significantly better, I was once again denied by my health insurance
provider. This problem isn't going away and neither are we. And this
petition is going to let health insurance companies know we are going to
continue this fight. We have come together as a community and will
continue to raise our voices until we are heard."
A CGMS can prevent and reduce complications and warns users who are
no longer sensitive to hypoglycaemia of approaching low blood sugars,
especially during bed-time hours. It allows diabetics to greatly reduce
the number of times they have to check blood glucose through finger
pricks, and has the ability to constantly monitor glucose levels by
showing trends in blood sugars for people that experience hyperglycaemia
(high blood sugars).
2. The online petition: