Medicare Advice for getting test strips for Type 2


Here’s what Medicare’s Coverage of Diabetes Supplies & Services says: (copied from
10 Section 2: Medicare Part B-covered Diabetes Supplies
Blood sugar self-testing equipment & supplies
Blood sugar (also called blood glucose) self-testing equipment and supplies are
covered as durable medical equipment 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
Part B covers the same type of blood sugar testing supplies for people with
diabetes whether or not they use insulin. However, the amount of supplies that are
covered varies. If you use insulin, you may be able to get up to 300 test strips and
300 lancets every 3 months.
If you don’t use insulin, you may be able to get 100 test strips and 100 lancets
every 3 months.
If your doctor says it’s medically necessary, Medicare will allow you to get
additional test strips and lancets. “Medically necessary” means that services
or supplies are needed for the diagnosis or treatment of your medical condition
and meet accepted standards of medical practice. You may need to keep a
record that shows how often you’re actually testing yourself.
If you have questions about diabetes supplies, call 1-800-MEDICARE
(1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
A national mail order program to save you money on diabetic testing supplies
started in July 2013. You’ll need to use a Medicare contract supplier for
Medicare to pay for diabetic testing supplies if you choose to have the supplies
delivered to your home. For more information about this program, visit