My experience with Medicare and the pump was a bust. My C-peptid did not meet Medicare's qualifications, so they would not pay for the pump. DME has nothing to do with it. As you begin to drop in the amount of insulin you secret, they may consider paying but, only if C-peptid meets Medicare Qualifactions.
You are absolutely correct re AARP endorsing United Health Care supplemental insurance plans; however, one calls AARP to see whether United Health Care has taken care of the cross over costs from Medicare; AARP has the date when Medicare submitted the cross over amount, and when the supplemental insurance paid/will pay that amount. It appears that AARP does more than just endorse the supplemental health care policy.
If you haven't received the official 2011 medicare book, you may want to get one. It will help you evaluate the plans. In New york, one can pick up the book (in English or Spanish) in any social security office. You could also call medicare on their 800 number (I have found the representatives very helpful but l--o--n--g waits to get one on the line) and request a book. You may also want to meet with a representative from a medicare advantage plan, I found when I did so, I learned a great deal. Good luck.
Thanks, Judith. I finally received my literature from my former employer, but I didn't know there is an "official" medicare book. I will certainly look into it!
I applied for parts A and B Medicare middle of last week. I talked to a Medicare worker and she explained that I would need parts A and B whether I took the traditional route or the Advantage option. So my enrollment is in the works -- I applied online (Medicare only - no Social Security yet!). I was really pleasantly surprised by how quick it was and how well the website worked.