Yes, Medicare does provide coverage for both glucose monitors and test strips, understanding their vital role in diabetes management. Here’s a breakdown of how it works:
Medicare Part B Coverage: Both blood glucose monitors and test strips fall under Durable Medical Equipment (DME). Which is covered by Medicare Part B. Beneficiaries with diabetes can avail of this coverage if they meet specific criteria set by Medicare.
Quantity and Frequency: For those using insulin, Medicare generally covers up to 300 test strips and lancets every three months. For non-insulin users, up to 100 test strips and lancets are covered every three months. If more frequent testing is medically necessary, coverage may be expanded with the appropriate documentation from a healthcare provider.
Costs: Typically, after the Part B deductible is met, you’ll pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the supplies if you get them from a participating supplier.
Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs): In recent years, Medicare has expanded its coverage to include certain Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs). Not all CGMs are covered, so it’s crucial to verify if your specific device is eligible.
Choosing a Supplier: To get the full benefits and ensure you aren’t paying more than necessary, it’s essential to obtain your supplies from a supplier enrolled in Medicare. Some areas might require you to get your equipment from specific suppliers under the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program.
Always work closely with your healthcare provider to determine the right equipment and testing frequency for your needs. And periodically check with Medicare or your Medicare Advantage Plan (if you have one) to stay updated on any coverage changes.