Insulin FREE under Medicare

By Matunuckan Latest Reply 2012-11-16 12:59:09 -0600
Started 2012-11-06 11:01:07 -0600

I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 52 years. I have recently found out that, with certain restrictions, the cost of insulin can be FREE if you have Medicare Part B coverage!

1. You have to be a type 1 diabetic diabetic (obviously on Insulin).
2. You must be on an insulin pump.
3. Your doctor has to provide a prescription for insulin with a valid diagnosis code (I don't know what it is, but your doctor should know).
4. You will need to know manufacturer, the purchase date, the model, & the serial number of the pump.

You should probably contact Medicare to verify what I am saying ahead of time, & document (for your own purposes) that you ARE covered under Part B.

Most pharmacies will NOT be aware of this fact, so be patient, but ALSO BE INSISTANT!

I had to find this out on my own. If you don't ask for it, you won't get it! Do yourself a favor and save yourself some of the expense of having Diabetes.

Tags: medicare

3 replies

liquorish 2012-11-16 12:59:09 -0600 Report

Did not know this. I am t2, but went on insulin this year and am looking into the pumps for better control. It will be 4 years before I am eligible, but my husband retires in 3, so maybe I can get on early. Thanks for this info. Liquorish

GabbyPA 2012-11-08 09:24:07 -0600 Report

Fantastic information! Thank you for sharing. Do you know if it will cover insulin dependent Type 2's with a pump?

Matunuckan 2012-11-08 17:41:12 -0600 Report

Gabby - I (personally) don't any reason see why it wouldn't be covered for Type 2's, but you never know until you try. The main requirement is you MUST have Medicare Past B, and cooperation from the doctor (who may ALSO not be aware).