Yesterday I spent a little time going through the stack of mail that was waiting for me when I got back from my trip to Louisville for Thanksgiving. While doing so, I found a letter from my insurance company that informed me that they will be dropping Contour and Breeze test strips from their formulary as of January 1, 2012. Guess which meter and strips I use. The insurance company will, however, still continue to offer OneTouch and Accu-Chek strips as alternatives on the formulary.
What it boils down to is my insurance company is forcing me to change to a different meter if I want them to continue paying for my test strips. I know I should just be glad they are willing to pay for other brands, and I am for the most part, but I really like the Contour USB meter that I’m using and don’t like having my hand forced like this.
Unfortunately, I really can’t afford to pay out of pocket for the Contour strips at the moment, so I don’t have a choice but to switch meters. Question is: Which option should I choose?
Do I go back to the OneTouch meters that I used for more than a year after I was diagnosed? I know those meters and was pretty happy with them. On the other hand, I could also switch to one of the Accu-Chek meters. That’s unfamiliar territory as I’ve never used them, but I’m willing to try them if they work well.
Either way, I’m going to have to acquire the new meters, so I’ll be out the time and effort to do that. Not to mention the expense.
Ugh, I hate making decisions like this. What do you all think I should do? I’m open to suggestions. Fire away.