July 5, 2018

Great-West Life plan members to have more coverage options to help manage insulin-dependent diabetes

Continuous glucose monitors, sensors and transmitters soon to be part of standard coverage, alongside current coverage for FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitors.

Winnipeg, MB, July 5, 2018... Starting August 1, 2018, Great-West Life plan members who use insulin to manage their diabetes may be eligible for coverage of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices, sensors and transmitters that provides continuous readings all day, even while asleep.

The CGM system includes a reader, wearable sensors and a transmitter which are used to measure interstitial fluid glucose levels. Results automatically go to a smart device or reader every five minutes. This means continuous monitoring all day and night. Users can avoid glucose highs and lows, and are alerted right away when levels stray out of the norm.

For plan members to be eligible for coverage, their plan must cover continuous glucose monitors and related transmitters and sensors, and they must use insulin to manage their blood sugar/glucose levels.

This new coverage is being added alongside the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitor (FGM) and sensors, which were added to most Great-West Life plans on April 1, 2018. The FreeStyle Libre system – the first of its kind – includes a reader and wearable sensors which are used to measure glucose levels and provide results on demand. The FreeStyle Libre is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in adults aged 18 years and older, who have at least 2 years of experience in self-managing their diabetes.

“As technologies continue to advance patient care, we’re pleased to make coverage for these devices more accessible to help Canadians improve their financial, physical, and mental well-being,” says Brad Fedorchuk, Senior Vice-President, Group Customer Experience and Marketing, Great-West Life.

Plan sponsors who wish to confirm if the devices are covered in their group health plans are advised to speak with their Great-West Life representative.

About The Great-West Life Assurance Company

Great-West Life is a leading Canadian insurer, focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. For more than 125 years, our customers across Canada have trusted us to provide for their financial security needs and deliver on the promises we have made. Together with our subsidiaries London Life and Canada Life, we serve the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada. To learn more, visit GreatWestLife.com.

For more information contact:

Tim Oracheski
Director, Media & Public Relations
Great-West Life
204-946-8961
media.relations@gwl.ca

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