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Medicare to Pay for Insulin Pumps

On September 24, 1999, the Health Care Financing Administration, which oversees Medicare, announced that Medicare would pay for insulin pump therapy for Medicare patients with Type 1 diabetes. (See Decision Memo for Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion Pump.) The decision was the result of intensive lobbying on the part of hundreds of endocrinologists and letters from thousands of people with diabetes. The HCFA was convinced that the use of insulin pump therapy would save the government money by reducing complications through better blood sugar control.

Pump makers Disetronic and MiniMed, as well as the American Diabetes Association, were quick to issue press releases praising the decision.

Posted 26 September 1999

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