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Financial Coverage for Diabetes Expenses
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Financial Help for Diabetes Care
Medicare covers supplies for people with diabetes, whether or not they use insulin. These include glucose testing monitors, blood glucose test strips, lancet devices and lancets, and glucose control solutions. There may be some limits on supplies or how often you get them. Medicare also covers the cost of therapeutic shoes, self-management training, nutrition counseling, flu and pneumococcal pneumonia shots, and glaucoma screening for people with diabetes.
For more information, see Medicare Coverage of Diabetes Related Supplies and Services at the Medicare Web site.
In addition, Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years and older who have diabetes and haven’t had a medical eye exam in the past three years can receive a free comprehensive eye exam and up to one year of follow-up care for any condition diagnosed at the initial exam.
Medicaid is a state administered program and each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services. Visit the Medicaid Site for Consumer Information to locate information by state.
The Bureau of Primary Health Care within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has a nationwide network of community-based health care centers that provide primary health care services at little or no cost.
Hospitals and other health care facilities participating in HRSA’s Hill-Burton Program provide free and low-cost services to eligible individuals.
The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) provides free or low-cost health insurance for children.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance* provides information about public and private patient assistance programs, which help low-income, uninsured patients get free or nearly free brand-name medicines.
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As of December 2005, 46 states have some type of laws requiring health insurance coverage to include treatment for diabetes.
For more information, see the CDC’s Web site.
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Page last modified: June 8, 2007
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