Medicare Diabetic Supplies
In this FAQ Friday video, Robert Bache answers the question, “Does Medicare Part D cover diabetic supplies?” Watch this video to discover which part of Medicare covers diabetic supplies.
In the video, Robert Bache says, “Medicare does cover diabetic supplies.” Medicare Part B covers your testing strips and other diabetic supplies (except needles, which Part D covers). Thus, Robert advises you to bring your Medicare Card – the red, white, and blue card – to the pharmacy for diabetic supplies. Furthermore, Robert suggests you bring your Medicare Supplement card, as well.
Diabetic supplies covered by Medicare
Original Medicare Part B will pay 80% of the cost of diabetic supplies. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount and the Part B deductible of $198 in 2020. Medicare covers the following diabetic supplies:
- Blood sugar monitors
- Blood sugar test strips
- Glucose control solutions
- Infusion pumps
Furthermore, your Medicare Supplement Plan will pay the remaining 20% of diabetic supplies. For example, Medigap Plan F, G, or N will cover the 20% that Original Medicare does not pay.
When can I enroll in Medicare Supplement Plan?
Do you have Original Medicare Part A and Part B? Then you can enroll in a Medicare Supplement Plan anytime by calling Senior Healthcare Direct at 1-855-368-4717 or get your quote. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have two Medigap enrollment periods.
Part D Diabetes Supplies
This official CMS Diabetes booklet states Part D covers diabetes supplies used for injecting or inhaling insulin. To enroll in Part D prescription drug plan, you must have Part A or Part B. Medicare Advantage Plans have drug plans, so you do not need Part D.
Part D covers medical supplies to administer insulin, which includes:
- Alcohol swabs
- Inhaled insulin devices
Furthermore, Part D covers insulin, except when administered with an insulin pump. In 2021, seniors with Part D will get a copay cap on insulin. You will be able to access various insulin types at no more than a copay of $35 for a month’s supply. Find out when you can shop for lower Part D premiums and how much you can save on your insulin out-of-pocket costs.
If you have Original Medicare, Senior Healthcare Direct can help you shop your Medicare Part D plan. Call us at 1-855-368-4717 or get your quote.