Please sign!! All Insurance companies need to cover CGMS in full for children under 18
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Diabetes is becoming one of the world's most serious illnesses. Here's a few facts about diabetes.
As many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). About 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed each year. Approximately 15 percent of Americans with type 1 diabetes are children.
Diabetes kills 3.4 million people every year: WHO. Nearly 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The United Nations health agency estimates that 3.4 million people die of diabetes every year, and almost 80 percent of the deaths occur in developing countries.
My Daughter Dakota was diagnosed type one in march of 2017. Shortly thereafter we brought her home from the hospital she had a blood sugar of 24. She could have died. Thank God we were on watch for this. Shortly after this instance we learned of the dexcom g5. It is a continuous glucose monitor that monitors sugars every 5 min. 24/7. No matter where she is at in the world we get her numbers sent to us and alarmed if she goes too high or too low.
This device is not covered by our insurance at all and we have to pay completely out of pocket for it. If insurance would cover this and not cause such a big uproar there could be millions of lives saved each year. Children living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes need this device!!! They need to know what their sugars are doing and which direction their sugars are going in to live a more normal life!!! If Dakota didn't have this device I wouldn't be able to allow her to do things other kids do. It's very expensive but saves lives every day!! If this was covered completely and fully by all insurances a lot more families would have peace of mind and their diabetic children would have room to grow and be as much of a normal kid as they can be. Please sign our petition. Let's make this happen!!!! It's only takes a few minutes of your time!!!!
Here's abother story from a type one mom living with the same daily struggles as we are. I'm sure there's plenty of families out there that can relate and share their stories as well. Let's get CGMS covered!!!!
Please read this post. Please help me spread the word and share. This may not mean anything to you, but it means the world to my friends living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Please just read it! AND PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!! Braydon wears a continuous glucose monitor. Its a sensor I place in the back of his arm that monitors his glucose every 4 minutes and sends updates to my phone. It let's me know if he is dangerously high or low. We are so grateful to God that our insurance helps cover this for Braydon. Braydon is completely unaware of his high and low glucose numbers. Some kids with type 1 diabetes can't get that feeling of awareness when their glucose is changing. With that said, it can be very life threatening. Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover this very expensive medical device. The monthly fee to keep a dexcom is outrageous. Why wouldn't it be? We all know how this works. Medical and pharmaceutical companies see something that could make life better and they increase the value tremendously. What insurance companies fail to understand when they don't approve the CGM is as follows:
·When a type 1 or 2 diabetic goes severely low they need a Glucogon shot $350.00
·911 needs called and they need transported to the hospital by an ambulance. $1200.00
·They need IV's and blood work done in the E.R. and need to be monitored by the E.R. staff. $1250.00.
.These figures are average cost around the United States which comes to $2,800.
·1 month supply of CGM sensors come $750.00. I try to make Braydon's sensors last more than the FDA allows to save.
Some "brittle" diabetics can have a severe low requiring a glucogon shot 1 to 2 times per month. Especially those that are hypo or hyper unaware. The CGM allows my 8 year old to ride his bike with his brothers and friends without the fear of going low and passing out, or going into a coma, or having a seizure. It allows him to sleep at night without fear of not waking up. The dexcom not only alerts him, but it alerts me as well. Can type 1 and 2 diabetics live without a CGM? YES, but the cost of savings on glucose strips, glucogon shots, and trips to the E.R. have been more than amazing. Can the CGM save money and lives? YES!! it can and for us, it has many times. Braydon currently doesn't have a pump. The initial start up cost will be $2000.00 for us after insurance. We have chosen to go with the CGM before the pump because of how unaware he is of his hypo's. Please share this post. Help me spread the word. Help me help other kids and adults get this CGM so that kids can live a somewhat more normal life without fear because their insurance won't approve the CGM. This may not be important to you because you dont have the fear of losing your child every night you lay them down to sleep. Us parents who care for a child with type 1 fear this every time they leave our presence. They don't do sleepovers at a friends anymore, they don't go to ball practice alone anymore. With the CGM they can have their life back. Please, help spread the word. Right now I got an alert that Braydon is rising and needs insulin. Without this device I would have been aware until his next reading at lunch. Everytime he rises above 200 his organs are damaged, in the long run, without the CGM, our insurance would be spending much more money on other medical cost.
Sincerely, Paige Sanders and Cristy Wilson aka "mom's of diabetic children"
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