Great News regarding Diabetic Testing Devices and Supplies
Dear Members and Participants,
At our annual health fair in October 2013, 384 blood screenings were performed.
54% of those screened had at least one moderately abnormal test result.
23% had lab results significantly outside of normal, prompting immediate attention.
New or uncontrolled Diabetics represented the biggest percentage of those lab results.
Diabetes is one of the largest cost factors to our Welfare Fund. Uncontrolled diabetes
from not testing blood sugar on a regular basis can lead to costly emergency room
visits and hospitals stays and even death. Damage to your body from not controlling
diabetes can be irreversible.
As part of our Disease Management program, the Fund Office has succeeded in negotiating
a discount on glucometer devices and testing supplies at a level which will allow the Fund
to pass on the savings to members by waiving all co-pays and coinsurance.
As of March 1, 2014, Diabetic patients will now be able to obtain one of two glucometer
devices listed below, associated testing strips, and lancets with no out of pocket expense.
In order to obtain this benefit, the devices must be ordered from LDI Integrated Pharmacy
Services. Supplies will be given on the amount ordered by your physician.
Please feel free to contact our Nurse Case Manager, Mary Beth Cyliax at the Fund Office at
314-652-8175 ext. 310 with any questions you may have regarding this enhanced benefit.