Medicare Advantage and Diabetes

Part 2

Along with any additional coverage your particular Medicare Advantage Plan may provide, it also provides all of your Medicare Part A and Part B (or Original Medicare) coverage. As far as diabetes is concerned, this means your Medicare Advantage Plan will help provide some great preventive services available to people at risk of developing diabetes, including screening, which often results in early detection that can help keep you healthy.

Many people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes make lifestyle changes that result in their feeling better and healthier than before they learned they were diabetic. Screening and early detection are often the key to making this happen.
Diabetes screening is available at no cost to people with Medicare Advantage Plans who are at risk of developing the disease.

Other preventive services are available through Medicare Advantage. Diabetes Self-Management Training is available to diabetics having a written order from a doctor or other health care provider. This service can include tips for healthy eating, staying active, monitoring your condition, taking your medication, and reducing the risk of complications. For this service you will pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Original Medicare also helps cover some diabetic supplies including blood sugar testing monitors, blood sugar test strips, lancet devices and lancets, blood sugar control solutions, and, in some cases, therapeutic shoes. Insulin is covered if used with an external insulin pump. Under Original Medicare you will pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible for these diabetic supplies.

Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage. Prescription drug plans offered through your Medicare Advantage Plan may cover insulin, syringes, and some oral diabetic drugs.

You should be aware that, while Medicare supplement insurance does not cover diabetes supplies, people with Medigap (Medicare supplement insurance) plans can get assistance through Medicare Part B. For further information, consult page 41 of the official US government Medicare handbook, Medicare & You.

If you’re diabetic or at risk of diabetes, it’s important to take advantage of every diabetes-related service your Medicare Advantage Plan can provide. If you’d like more information about Medicare Advantage and diabetes, contact one of our licensed, bonded representatives here and let MedicareMall save you money and lead you with confidence through the Medicare maze!

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