What does Medicare cover for Diabetics?

Diabetes is one of the largest health risks for Americans, affecting more than 10% of the country’s population. According to the CDC, 25% of adults 65 and older have diabetes, which means that coverage for insulin and diabetic testing supplies is a top consideration for many adults shopping for Medicare.

Expenses can be covered by a combination of Medicare plans. Here’s a look at how both Original Medicare and Medicare Part D can help you manage and treat diabetes.

Diabetes Services And Treatments Covered By Medicare Part B

  • Blood glucose testing equipment (includes meters, test strips, lancets, and control solutions)
  • Insulin pumps
  • Insulin for pump
  • Self-management training
  • Medical nutrition therapy (includes diet and lifestyle counseling)
  • Hemoglobin A1C tests
  • Exams, treatment, and therapeutic shoes or inserts for diabetes-related nerve damage
  • Glaucoma eye exams

Diabetes Treatments Covered By Medicare Part D

  • Medications for blood glucose management
  • Insulin (injection and/or inhaled)
  • Syringes, needles, alcohol swabs, and gauze for injections

*Please note, these supplies and services may require a doctor recommendation or prescription from your doctor. Coverage limits may apply.

While Medicare generally pays 80% of the costs for approved supplies and services, it’s best to check in with your UMA Licensed Medicare Advisor to help you understand exactly what your Medicare Supplement Insurance plan covers.

Managing diabetes can feel like a full-time job, but having the right Medicare coverage can make it easier to handle. Make sure to speak with your health care provider to ensure you are taking the necessary preventative steps and getting proper support for your diabetic care.

Still have questions? Call to speak with a Licensed Insurance Agent now at (855) 665-9200.


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