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My Pump My Choice: Insurance Company Puts Profits Before Patients

On Monday, UnitedHealthcare reached an agreement with Medtronic to become the preferred, in-network durable medical equipment (DME) provider of insulin pumps, effective July 1, 2016. The decision does not yet apply to members under age 18 or members of United Sierra Health, Life Commercial, and Medicare Advantage plans.

In the last five years, we watched as competitive bidding decimated the test strip market, forcing Medicare beneficiaries to choose products of poorer quality and resulting in increases in mortality and complications. Then we watched as...


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