Open Enrollment Season

Yesterday that good ole’ packet about open enrollment came in the mail. For the past 3 years, my wife and I have not changed our plans and I don’t plan on doing so again this year, even with the new addition to the family. The only part about open enrollment season that worries me is, how are my expenses going to change in the next year.

In 2013, I used Apidra because it was $50 for a 90 day supply.

In 2014, I then switched to Novolog because Apidra went up to $150 for 90 day supply and Novolog dropped to $30 for a 90 day supply.

In 2015, I switched to Humalog because Apidra stayed at $150 for 90 days, Novolog went up to $150 for 90 days and Humalog dropped to a whopping $12.50 for 90 days worth of insulin.

So, 3 years, 3 different insulins all because the costs changed dramatically. I never know going into the next year what insulin I am going to be using.

The same goes for my test strips.

I have gone back and forth between One Touch and Contour strips for 3 years because of the large difference in costs. It would be nice to be able to choose which strips and insulin I want to use based on my personal preference and not on what my wallet can afford.

So, just for my own curiosity, I wanted to see how many others have had to change their insulin and/or test strips every year based on the difference of costs from year to year.

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