By Flustrated Latest Reply 2011-04-29 20:38:05 -0500
Started 2011-04-26 16:37:40 -0500

If you have medicare and use up the amount of test strips assigned to you from your Endocrinoligist, will medicare pay for added strips and do they get ok'd from doctor?

16 replies

Flustrated 2011-04-29 13:52:35 -0500 Report

Well still waiting. Talked to Pharmatrist and she told me it is up to insurance to approve not doctor. Medicare only approved 5 strips a day. I went through a time the dr. wanted test after each meal, at night and bef meals. Now it's pay yourself. Today I was wondering if they will call me. They say I have to wait 13 days. Now have to figure something else out.

cavie2 2011-04-27 12:07:22 -0500 Report

It's questions like this that make me sooo sad, Living in the UK. I am on Metformin, Glimepiride, Ramipril, Atorvastatin Insulin (humulin 1) test strips and needles for my insulin pen. I get a pack of 5 insulin pens at a time and store them in the fridge and a bottle of Glucogel (hypostop) containing enough for 3 emergencies. I phone my pharmacy and tell them each month what i need and go along 3 days later to pick it up. All free of charge, that is our NHS system. It hurts to know some people cannot afford their medication for a life threatening disease or illness and have to go without. Where is the fairness in all of this I ask you!!!

tweetydele 2011-04-28 22:22:36 -0500 Report

yes i believe ur dr. has to approve of u getting more strips. just have ur dr. call where u get ur strips from and tell them to up the amt u r now getting. then medicare will pay for them.

Flustrated 2011-04-27 14:36:08 -0500 Report

Today I contacted by drugstore and they were to get intouch with my endo. dr. to see if I can recieve more. I haven't heard from them yet and it's been 24 hours. I'll let you know what happens.

Flustrated 2011-04-28 11:07:04 -0500 Report

Twenty-four hours past and still no word about test strips. Medicare will cover only specified amount Dr. approves. Drugstore has to call Dr. When I increased my insulin had several low counts that I gave myself glugose tablets and would check until I was in the right range. I am not taking Symlin because of lows that are suppose to come from that. I am trying to check myself to make sure I'm in range. My meter is a OneTouch ultra smart. I like it because it gives average and if I wanted to take the time also activity carbs and more. According to my meter my 90 day average is134. I like my 30 day average 127. Oh well I just sit and bite my nails. Bye.

GabbyPA 2011-04-27 08:55:19 -0500 Report

That is what my mom did when she was on Medicare and a supplement insurance. Unfortunately, she went to a less expensive Medicare HMO (her supplement was getting too expensive) and they are not as willing to pay for the extra strips, even though she is on insulin and needs to test more than they allow. The best thing you can do is ask.