How to Navigate Insurance Changes With Diabetes | Everyday Health
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But you dont need to simply accept whatever comes your way. You can take steps to advocate for yourself if your health insurance provider makes changes that dont allow you to treat diabetes the way you prefer or are able to manage financially, experts say. And being an educated patient one who clearly understands how diabetes works, what can be done to manage the condition, and how to harness that insight into better control of your blood sugar is crucial.
Educate Yourself to Become the CEO of Your Healthcare
Norton, who has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1993, says DiabetesSisters is releasing several initiatives that aim to educate their audience. One, a presentation on how to be the CEO of Your Own Healthcare, talks about thinking of yourself as the top person in charge of your health, while assembling a board of directors made up of diabetes care team members , friends, family, pharmacists, and your insurance plan and finances.
As the CEO of your healthcare, you need to be assertive as needed, get thorough answers to your questions, be knowledgeable about your insurance [or] pharmacy plan, and keep track of important data, such as test results, frequency of visits to healthcare providers, and so on, Norton explains.
Become knowledgeable about how your insurance plan works, what it covers and what it does not.
Read the material that explains exactly how the plan operates, what your out-of-pocket costs are for premiums andcopays, and whether you are restricted to in-networkhealthcare providers or Continue reading