Does Medicare Cover Diabetic Supplies?

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

Does Medicare Cover Diabetic Supplies

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

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:

  • Syringes
  • Needles
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Gauze
  • 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.