Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Diabetes Blog Week [Day 2]
Today’s prompt: Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let's pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?
As a person with a chronic illness, I believe the following:
We should not have to spend extra money on diabetic needs. Is it our fault that we have this disease? Don't we spend enough? Insurance companies should cover at least some (or all!) of the cost of the supplies we use on a daily basis.
Why should we have to spend our own money on supplies like batteries (for an insulin pump, sensor, test meter)? Why should we have to spend money on glucose tabs or fruit snacks to help us when we are having a low? What about the alcohol swabs...there's no insurance coverage on those either! Or how about the endless supply of bandaids that we need for our sensor? That all comes out of our wallet too. The pump clip that never lasts long...that is paid for out of pocket too.
It may not seem like a lot...but when you use these supplies literally every day of your life--it adds up! I am petitioning that these necessities be covered by insurance companies. I am lucky enough to have health insurance, but I really dislike that the insurance companies try and find a way to not cover certain supplies. These simple "things" aren't very "simple" in my life. They keep me alive...literally.