Does Medicare Cover Diabetes Supplies?

Medicare does cover diabetes supplies such as insulin and lancets. Medicare Advantage plans also cover the same diabetes supplies and services as Original Medicare.

Medicare beneficiaries who are diabetic have a number of Medicare coverage options they can consider for the diabetes care they need.

Medicare Part B does cover some diabetes supplies, and coverage typically comes with some coinsurance and/or copays.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans also cover diabetes supplies, and may provide benefits not found in Original Medicare.

What diabetes supplies will Medicare pay for?

Yes, Medicare Part B covers some diabetes supplies, including:

  • Insulin
  • Blood sugar testing strips
  • Glucose testing monitors
  • Therapeutic shoes or inserts
  • Lancet devices and lancets
  • Blood sugar control solutions

Medicare Part B also covers some diabetes services, including:

  • Nutrition therapy services
  • Foot exams
  • Glaucoma tests
  • Diabetes self-management training
  • Yearly eye exams

Some Medicare Advantage plans cover diabetes supplies and insulin

If you have diabetes, Medicare Advantage plans should cover the same diabetes supplies and services as Original Medicare.

Medicare Advantage plans (sometimes referred to as Medicare Part C) are an alternative to Original Medicare that is sold by private insurers.

Every Medicare Advantage plan must provide the same hospital and medical benefits as Medicare Part A and Part B and may include coverage of benefits not found in Original Medicare. 

Some Medicare Part D prescription drug plans may also cover certain diabetes supplies, insulin and other diabetes medication.

You can compare Part D plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online when you visit

Diabetic beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage have better outcomes than with Original Medicare

A July 2018 study showed that Medicare Advantage plan beneficiaries who have diabetes experienced 52.6 percent lower rate of overall complications than Original Medicare beneficiaries who have diabetes.

Medicare Advantage plan beneficiaries also experienced 5.7 percent lower overall costs for diabetes care than Original Medicare beneficiaries.

Find a Medicare Advantage plan that can help cover your diabetes supplies

You can get help comparing Medicare Advantage plans available in your area and find a plan that fits your unique health care needs.

Find Medicare Advantage plans cover diabetes supplies.

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About the author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

Christian has written hundreds of articles for that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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