HEALTH FEATURE ARCHIVE
Diabetes Supplies: What Medicare Covers
Diabetic Supplies Covered1. Self-testing equipment and supplies:
Medicare Part B covered diabetes supplies: Coverage for glucose monitors, test strips, and lancets.
Who is covered: All people with Medicare who have diabetes (insulin users and non-users).
Medicare covers the same supplies for people with diabetes whether or not they use insulin. These include glucose testing monitors, blood glucose test strips, lancet devices and lancets, and glucose control solutions. There may be some limits on supplies or how often you get them. For more information about diabetic supplies, call your Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier.
How to get your diabetes equipment and supplies: To get your diabetes equipment and supplies under Medicare, you need a prescription from your doctor. The prescription should say:
2. Therapeutic shoes: Medicare also covers therapeutic shoes
for people with diabetes.
What you pay: In the Original Medicare Plan Medicare pays for 80% of the Medicare-approved amount. You pay 20% of the total payment amount. This amount can be higher if your doctor doesn't accept assignment, and you may have to pay the entire amount at the time of service. Medicare will then send you its share of the charge.
3. Referrals for more information (DMERC)
If you have questions about durable medical equipment, including diabetic supplies, call your Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier.
1. Diabetes self-management training
Medicare Part B covered preventive services: Diabetes self-management training.
What you pay: In the Original Medicare Plan, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible.
2. Medical nutrition therapy services
3. Flu and pneumococcal pneumonia shots (vaccinations)
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