Today's Prompt: Letter writing day. Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you are feeling.
Mad props to my husband today. I didn't know who to write a letter to for today's post. He says, "Well, why don't you write to insurance companies?"
Bingo! He then says, "just try not to make it 20 pages long." Thanks, babe. The health insurance I have now is quite good. But I've done plenty of time with insurance that was not so good.
So here goes...
Dear Health Insurance Companies of the World:
Hi, my name is Jess, and I have Type 1 Diabetes. I've had it for almost 18 years now. Which makes me a pro at dealing with your nonsense.
Life with any type of diabetes in hard. Type 1, Type 2, LADA; the accompanying emotional roller coaster ride does not discriminate. This is the side that you most people do not get to see.
Life with diabetes is hard enough without having to worry about how the hell to pay for all the necessary tools and equipment.
Really, there is enough stress. You don't need to add to it. Some days are ok, and others are absolutely awful! I HATE how I sometimes allow my blood sugar to dictate how I feel about myself at any given moment. Not to mention the physical symptoms that come along with a high or low. Go peruse some other D-blogs and you'll see why we call it an emotional roller coaster.
I need to see my endocrinologist. Frequently. And have lab tests done. All this adds up really quickly.
Yes, I do really need 10 test strips a day. Sometimes I need more.
Insulin? I have to have it in order to not die. That's simple enough, right?
Having an insulin pump has literally saved my life (see this post). My parents and endo had to jump through all kinds of hoops with our insurance at the time to get me my first pump. And of course, those sets and reservoirs are necessary too.
And CGM? This is something A LOT of insurance won't cover. That needs to change. Now. Having a CGM has changed my diabetes management completely. I don't fear going low as much as I used to, which allows me to keep my blood sugars in a lower range. Good for the A1C. All diabetics should have access to CGM systems.
So, dear health insurance companies, can you please just pay for the things we need? It would make our lives so much easier. Take some of the stress away. All diabetics deserve to have everything we need to take care of our health.
Can't you see? Having all these tools makes us better able to take care of ourselves. Which helps to lower A1Cs. Which lessens our risk of complications. Which means you'll spend less money on us in the future.
It makes sense, if you think about it. So please, just pay for what we need. Thank you very much.
*This post is directed at all insurance companies, not the company that insures me, nor any other company in particular.*