If you are currently receiving health insurance through Medicare, diabetic supplies and equipment are covered under your plan. A proactive approach to the treatment and management of diabetes is essential, so take the time to familiarize yourself with the benefits available to you.
Medicare Diabetic Supplies and Equipment
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes – whether or not you use insulin – your self-testing supplies and equipment are covered under Medicare Part B (medical insurance). Eligible equipment and supplies include:
- glucose (blood sugar) testing monitors
- test strips
- lancets and lancet devices
- blood sugar control solutions
Therapeutic shoes are also covered in some cases (see below). Under Medicare Part B, insulin is only covered when used in conjunction with an insulin pump. However, Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) covers insulin and related supplies, including syringes, needles, alcohol swabs, gauze, and insulin inhaler devices.