Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

If you have Medicare, you may not realize how much of your diabetes medications and supplies are actually covered.

If you’re under Medicare Health Plan Part B, you have coverage for:

  • Physician’s services for your diabetes care
  • Screenings for those who are high risk for diabetes or “prediabetic” (high blood pressure, history of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, obesity, or a history of high blood glucose)
  • A1c and cholesterol testing
  • diabetes testing supplies, including special equipment for people with poor vision
  • insulin and insulin pump supplies
  • flu and pneumonia screenings and treatments
  • attendance at diabetes self-management classes/nutrition therapy services
  • therapeutic footwear if medically necessary

If you have Part D Medicare coverage, you’re eligible for:

  • Oral diabetes medications
  • Insulin (long acting; not for insulin pumps)
  • Needles/syringes

Here’s a link to a little booklet that explains all the diabetes supplies and services covered under Medicare.

Special thanks to Elaine Massaro, Certified Diabetes Educator, for helping put this information together.


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