Medicare helps cover diabetes supplies and services

Find out how Medicare can help you care for your diabetes.

Jul 15, 2009

Medicare offers: Screenings for people at risk, Diabetes self-management training, Medical nutrition therapy services, Hemoglobin A1c tests, Glucose monitors, test strips, lancets, insulin, and some insulin pumps, Glaucoma tests, Foot exams, foot treatment, and therapeutic shoes, Flu and pneumonia shots, and Cholesterol and lipid checks.

For a free copy of "Medicare Coverage of Diabetes Services and Supplies," visit

The National Diabetes Education Program has more information to help you manage your diabetes.

Things to ask your doctor or other healthcare professional at your next visit:

  • How to sign up for diabetes self-management training
  • What kind of nutrition plan you need (medical nutrition therapy services)
  • How to find a program to quit smoking
  • Whether you need a pneumonia shot
  • Things to do at each visit:
  • Go over your blood glucose readings
  • Find out your A1c level
  • Get your feet checked
  • Get your weight and blood pressure checked

Things to get at least once a year:

  • A flu shot
  • A dilated-eye exam
  • A foot exam (including check of circulation and nerves)
  • A test to check your kidneys
  • Cholesterol and lipid tests

Remember, talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional any time you have questions or concerns about your diabetes.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS Publication No. 11410, May 2009

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Posted by Anonymous on 21 July 2009

Please clarify your information better! As a Pharmacy Insurance Specialist, I would hate to see all the Medciare Benificiarys that are going to go to their pharmacy and start accusing of them of ripping them off because they're not sending their insulin claims through to Medicare.

Medicare only covers insulin for a person that uses an insulin pump. If they use syringes or pens, they out of luck.

Also, Medicare has quantity limits based on a person diagnosis, an insulin dependent diabetic is allowed 100 strips a month, non-insulin dependent, only 50 per month. They can only get a glucometer once every 5 years. You can get around this one, by getting one of the many free ones that are available.

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