I'm going to be going out of the country for a couple weeks in early July at a point that will be nearing the end of my quarterly shipment of pods. I just recently received my supplies, and I suspect I'll have a lower supply than I'd like to have in that situation (I'll want plenty of spare pods) and am wondering if requesting an extra box of pods would be a possibility? Has anyone ever done this?
I know that the insurance company would approve an early refill, but this would be too early. I also suspect that there's a chance I might be switched over to the new system in my next shipment, which at that point given my plans I'd rather just postpone it until after I get back.
So, what do people think is the chance that if I contact Omnipod and request a single box of pods that this could somehow be accommodated without throwing my insurance coverage into some kind of problematic mess? Or, could I just pay for them (gulp) out of pocket?
Just about every insurance handles this differently. Talk to them first, then call Insulet for support on what insurance will provide.
Good Luck Brian, and have a good trip!
You can fill your prescription on a monthly basis, instead of quarterly. That's what my DME vendor suggested until we get a date to refill with the new smaller pods.
In the US there is an earliest refill date. It may be too late for you but standard diabetic practice for all supplies is to refill at the earliest date until a stock is built up.
In the US simply ask your insurance company when the earliest possible reorder date is; whenever I've tried this I've always got a precise answer. If that date is too late then then my insurance company has suggested to me in the past that they would accommodate such travel arrangements.
Most insurance companies will break the 30 day supply rule in refilling prescriptions for an out of the country travel period that causes a problem. We had to do this when my daughter studied abroad one summer.
The insurance company approves it as a one time type situational request. Just talk to your insurance company, I'm sure they have a provision and procedure for this.