Medicare Parts B and D cover diabetic testing supplies and treatment for you and your loved ones. Specifically Medicare Part B is Medical Insurance and it is used for preventative care in those who are at-risk for diabetes and treatment for those who have diabetes. Part D is prescription drug coverage that covers insulin and anti-diabetic drugs.
As an overview, Medicare Part B will cover the following services for diabetics:
- Diabetes Screenings
- Diabetes self-management training
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Foot exams and treatment
- Hemoglobin A1c tests
- Glaucoma tests
- Yearly “wellness” visits
Blood sugar monitors, testing strips, lancet devices and lancets are all covered by Medicare Part D to help treat diabetes. Both people who take anti-diabetic medication and/or insulin are covered, however the amount of testing strips allowed will vary by the medication. Someone who has to take insulin to manage their glucose will be given more testing strips than someone who does not.
Medicare will only cover diabetes supplies if there is a prescription written by a doctor and it should include weather or not you are diabetic, how often you have to take an insulin test and how many strips you will need as well as if you need a special monitor because of vision problems.
Medicare Part D is specifically to help cover prescription needs by subsidizing the cost of prescription drugs and their insurance premiums for those who have Medicare. When it comes to diabetes prescriptions, Part D covers both anti-diabetic medication and insulin.
Anti-diabetic Medications are medications that are used to manage blood sugar or glucose levels without insulin. Medicare Part D usually covers:
- Sulfonylureas (like Glipizide, and Glyburide)
- Biguanides (like metformin)
- Thiazolidinediones, like Actos® (Pioglitazone), Avandia® (Rosiglitazone), and Rezulin® (Troglitazone)
- Meglitinides, which are a class of anti-diabetic drug including Starlix® (Nateglinide) and Prandin® (Repaglinide)
- Alpha glucosidase inhibitors (like Precose®)
Insulin is used when an anti-diabetic drug cannot control glucose levels in the bloodstream. Medicare Part D covers injectable insulin that is not used with a pump or inhaled. In addition, Part D covers supplies such as syringes, needles, alcohol swabs and gauze.
For information on managing diabetes, log on to: http://www.diabetes.org/?referrer=https://www.google.com/
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