We're almost there!

Our launch date for the new TuDiabetes website has been moved back 24 hours

When you log into TuDiabetes tomorrow (April 21st) you will find yourself in our new home!

If you want to join the TuDiabetes community please send an e-mail to TuDiabetesAdmin@gmail.com. We will send you an invitation to join after the migration is completed.

Read about the migration and see images of the new site!

update update update (my CGMS appeal, again - still)

Jenny was kind enough to remind me that my last blog was nearly a year ago. Yikes. Talk about not actually writing a blog! Indeed, it's true when I say that I've been busy with graduate school and yes, appeals. I am all over the appeal process like the summer sun on the garden bed. Regence BCBS may have thought the summer of my request would never arrive, that the cold dark winter of denying me a CGMS was their forever-season. But the seasons always turn, don't they?

But today!! Today I mailed a heavy envelope of hard-hitting THIRD APPEAL documents to shock them into submission, one hopes. I relied heavily on the letter our tudiabetes friend Marcy (and disappearing Rick's advice too) provided for me, although I adapted it to my own specifics and added in more citations. I have demanded of Regence BCBS of Oregon to provide me, in writing, the exact documented reasons why they claim that the CGMS is still investigational - even though it is approved and out of the Pre-Market phase by the FDA.

Now that the letter is sent, I can do nothing more. However, they have been told, in no uncertain terms, that if there isn't a favorable outcome to this LAST appeal (which is the IRO - Independent Review Organization phase) that I'll be forced to contact the Oregon Business something or other official - insurance sector for further investigation. I know they have succeeded in overturning a decision by an insurance company for a woman who had a cgms denied for her son. So, even though I *know* the insurance co's are underhanded and out-of-sync with the reality of living with diabetes, I still am hoping that I get prior approval. Hoping, wishing and praying - but now I'm going out to live life and wait as patiently as I can.


And yes, when are Minimed and Dexcom going to make these systems within the affordable range for everyday people??

Views: 17

Comment by Sweeter Cherise on June 27, 2008 at 6:39pm
That's a long time!!! I don't think it's right!!! I think insurance companies need to stop being _________; you can fill in the blank.

I am going to support CGM DENIED...:)
Comment by J. Davis Harte on June 30, 2008 at 6:28am
I agree, of course - but you know, one of the reasons the appeal process has taken almost a whole year is because I've been so swamped with writing a master's thesis and taking courses that I haven't had the time to write the appeals. That said- it's not as if they make the process very easy, now, do they?


You need to be a member of Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes to add comments!

Join Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes



From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2015   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service