Most people don’t know exactly which of their diabetic supplies are actually covered by health insurance and with the way that some insurance stipulations are worded, it’s pretty easy to understand why. A lot of times, when you call in to ask about it, you’ll also be put on hold for a long time and left to figure things out on your own. Frankly, our partners at iONMyDiabetes think that is absolutely unacceptable, which is why they've helped us stockpile a list of some common supplies and services that your insurance covers.
Basic Diabetes Supplies
If you have diabetes, then you will need to constantly check your blood sugar levels. You can do this with the help of a glucose meter that has a monitor, a lancet and some test strips. While a glucose meter does not cost that much, you can still save some money if you get it for free. I have to warn you though that you can only get a free monitor if you are diagnosed with diabetes. You cannot get a free meter for your family members or friends. Also, you’ll find that most of your money will go to buying some test strips. These can cost from $0.50 to $1 each. This is where most glucose meter companies make their money. But you can skip the extra expense by asking your health insurance company to pay for it. The amount you will get depends on your condition. If you use insulin, you will get 100 glucose strips and 100 lancets per month. But if you don’t use insulin, you’ll get the same number every 3 months. Alternatively, if you are enrolled in MediCare, you can always contact us at iONMyDiabetes. We’ll help you connect with the suppliers directly to help you receive the basic diabetes supplies at little to no cost.
If you have a doctor’s prescription, then you’ll get more from your insurance company by asking them to pay for your insulin pumps. Insurance may even pay for the insulin that you use with the pump.
Therapeutic Shoes and Inserts
You can also ask your insurance company to pay for your therapeutic shoes and inserts. As a diabetic, you may experience poor blood circulation in your foot area. This can lead to foot deformity and damage. In worse cases, the foot has to be amputated. During this time, you will need a podiatrist to treat you. They will come up with therapeutic shoes and inserts for you. Most insurance cover the cost of these shoes and inserts, but there are a few that don’t.
Other Diabetes Supplies
Last but not the least; your insurance company should also cover the following diabetes supplies:
- Alcohol swabs
As well as medications like
- Alpha glucosidase inhibitors.