Thank you for your detailed reply and good information. I'm afraid I wasn't so clear on the coverage aspect. My son has excellent coverage for his pump. We paid nothing for the T-slim, it was entirely covered. But we were not yet due for a new pump-- the T-slim was under warranty till 2020. So of course, we can't use our insurace for any pump before 2020.
Originally, he had a Medtronic that he loved, but it wasn't waterproof, and that's important to him. When it came time for a new pump, he got the T-slim solely because it was waterproof. The problem is, over time he decided hated the T-slim and just wouldn't use it. He's high-functioning autistic and in good control, so we didn't want to push it-- so he was using his old pump, a medtronic that was out-of warranty.
But because he'll be leaving the country for a family wedding in Spain in August, I really needed him back on a pump under warranty. (He had a pump fail once, and being on warranty solved the problem by overnighting a pump to him.)
Anyway- we could not use our insurance at all for this pump; he used his coverage on the T-slim, and he isn't due for a new pump until late 2020. But this Pathways Program seemed designed to answer our problem.
It is for people on a competitor's pump who want to get under warranty on a Medtronic.
The following conditions have to be met:
1. You must be currently under warranty on a competitor's pump.
2. The insurance rental on the competitor-pump must be paid in full.
3. You must have more than 6 months left on the competitor-pump warranty.
4. You must also purchase a CGM.
5. Upon receipt of your new Medtronic pump, you must send the competitor-pump to Medtronic in a pre-paid mailer.
If these 5 conditions are met, the program allows you to purchase the new pump without using insurance, for 749.00. In our case, we knew the CGM would be fully covered by insurance.
Medtronic then transfers the balance of the T-slim warranty to the new-under-warranty Medtronic, and so we'd still be eligible for a new pump in 2020.
I hope I have explained this helpfully.