Which Diabetes Type Are You?

In a recent 2020 CDC study, 26.8 percent of people age 65 and older live with diabetes or prediabetes. The condition can be difficult to manage and come with many complications, like damage to the eyes, kidneys, and heart. If blood sugar levels are not kept within a safe range, the damage to nerves throughout the brain can leave parts of the body permanently damaged. Over a quarter of senior adults live with this daily struggle and are not taking advantage of their Medicare plan to reduce diabetic costs.

Seniors living with diabetes have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Which one do you have?

What does Medicare Part B cover?

Blood sugar (also called blood glucose) self-testing equipment and supplies are covered as durable medical equipment (DME) for all people with Medicare Part B who have diabetes, even if you don’t use insulin. 

Self-testing supplies include:

  • Blood sugar monitors
  • Blood sugar test strips
  • Lancet devices and lancets
  • Glucose control solutions for checking the accuracy of testing equipment and test strips

Medicare also covers therapeutic continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) approved for use in place of blood sugar monitors for making diabetes treatment decisions like for changes in diet and insulin dosage and needed related supplies. 

If you use insulin and require frequent adjustments to your insulin regimen/dosage, a CGM may be covered if your doctor determines that you meet all of the requirements for Medicare coverage, including the need to frequently check your blood sugar (four or more times a day) and the need to either use an insulin pump or receive three or more insulin injections per day.

Note that Part B is only effective if your doctor documents your diabetic aid as medically necessary

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