How do I get my test strips and other supplies covered by my insurance
The first step to getting supplies covered is to call your insurance company and ask about coverage for blood glucose testing supplies. The phone number is on the back of your insurance card. Ask your insurance company whether they have a preferred meter they would like you to use and whether there is a special vendor from whom you need to purchase it . The second step is to ask your healthcare provider for a written prescription for all the testing supplies -- blood glucose meter, blood glucose strips and lancets. Make sure your provider has indicated on the prescription how often you should check your blood glucose and whether or not you take insulin. People who take insulin are allowed more strips per month than those who do not. If you have Medicare, ask your pharmacist about the paper work that is needed for this benefit. Medicare covers blood glucose testing supplies, but it does so under the durable medical equipment (DME) benefit, not under the prescription benefit.