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Diabetes Information

-Diabetes Facts
-History of Diabetes
-Causes of Diabetes
-Diabetes Complications
-Diabetes Education
-Diabetes Research

Diabetes Mellitus

-Diabetes Mellitus Symptoms
-Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
-Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
-Diabetes Mellitus Treatment

Types of Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes
-Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
-Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms
-Type 1 Diabetes Diet
-Type 1 Diabetes Cure

Type 2 Diabetes
-Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
-Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms
-Type 2 Diabetes Causes
-Type 2 Diabetes Diet
-Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
-Type 2 Diabetes Medications

Gestational Diabetes
-Gestational Diabetes Test
-Gestational Diabetes Symptoms
-Gestational Diabetes Diet Plan
-Gestational Diabetes Treatment

Juvenile Diabetes
-Juvenile Diabetes Symptoms
-Juvenile Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes Insipidus
-Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus
-Treatment for Diabetes Insipidus

Feline Diabetes

Diabetes Symptoms
Signs of Diabetes 
Also: Diabetes Sign Symptoms 
-Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms
Also: Type II Diabetes Symptoms
-Gestational Diabetes Symptoms
-Symptoms, Juvenile Diabetes
Also: Diabetes Symptoms in Child

(see also Blood Glucose)
-Glucose Level
Also: Blood Glucose Level
-Glucose Meter
Also: Blood Glucose Meter
-Glucose Monitor
Also: Blood Glucose Monitor
-Glucose Test
Also: Glucose Tolerance Test
-Glucose Intolerance

Diabetes Diet
-Diabetes Food
-Diabetes Nutrition
-Diabetes Diet Plan
-Type 2 Diabetes Diet

Diabetes Supply
-Diabetes Testing Supply

Diabetes Treatment
-Diabetes Medications
-Alternative Treatment for Diabetes

-Insulin Resistance
-Insulin Pump
-Lantus Insulin

Diabetes Care
-Diabetes Management
-Diabetes Associations
-Diabetes Prevention
-Diabetes Cure

Diabetes is the No. 6 leading causes of deaths in the United States, according to 2001 data  from the United States National Center for Health Statistics.

Diabetes Testing Supply
(General Information)

Does Medicare cover diabetes testing supplies? Yes!

Medicare now covers blood sugar monitors, test strips, and lancets for all Medicare Part B enrollees with diabetes. There are limits on the number of test strips and lancets per month. We?ve listed the current limits, but you should ask a pharmacy or Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier that is enrolled in the Medicare program for the most recent information. Currently, people with diabetes who use insulin are eligible for 100 test strips and 100 lancets every month. Medicare will pay for more per month if the physician documents the beneficiary's need to test blood sugars more often. People with diabetes who do not use insulin are eligible for 100 strips and 100 lancets every two months. Medicare will pay for more per month for non-insulin-treated beneficiaries if one of the following indicators is present: (1) Management of medical condition by adjusting therapy and/or medications; or (2) Detection of low blood sugar when symptoms are present.

The annual $100 deductible and 20% co-payment still apply to the purchase of diabetes supplies. Ask your pharmacy or supplier if it is enrolled in the Medicare program prior to purchasing your diabetes supplies. Pharmacies that are enrolled in Medicare will only ask you to pay your portion of the bill and will then bill Medicare directly for the other portion. If you go to a pharmacy or supplier that is not enrolled, you would be responsible for paying the entire bill upfront. The pharmacy will then help file the Medicare claim for you to be reimbursed. Also, do not accept automatic shipments of diabetes supplies that you did not ask for.

For more information, visit the Medicare Diabetes Health Information website at:

Does Medicaid cover diabetes testing supplies? Yes!

All enrollees with diabetes are eligible for coverage of blood sugar monitors and test strips, including both those who use insulin and those who do not. Pregnant women with gestational diabetes can also receive coverage of testing supplies. Medicaid also pays for insulin syringes if you need them. You will need prescriptions from your physician. The number of test strips covered each month is limited. Also, you will need to find a pharmacy that is registered with a special section of Medicaid and is eligible to bill Medicaid for supplies. By using a Medicaid registered pharmacy, you will receive coverage for both test strips and insulin syringes.
Your questions can best be answered by the CARE-LINE, the information service provided by the Office of Citizen Services of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. You can call them toll free at 1-800-662-7030, or e-mail them at care.line@ncmail.net. More information is also available on the Office of Citizen Services CARE-LINE website: http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/docs/divinfo/cs.htm.

You may also want to refer to the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance?s Information for Medicaid Consumers website:

Are there resources for diabetes testing supplies if I do not have insurance or my insurance plan does not include coverage of supplies? Yes!

Currently, no pharmaceutical company offers a financial assistance program for testing supplies. We offer resources and suggestions to help make testing supplies more affordable. Please also refer to the information on resources for medication financial assistance.

Generic supplies

Ask your physician for advice on the best generic meter available and ask them to check the accuracy of your meter at the clinic. Although you can get brand-name monitors for free or a reduced price, the brand name strips are twice as expensive as the generic strips. Currently available generic brands include: Rely-on at Wal-Mart, Prestige at Wal-Mart or Walgreens, and Active (made by Roche) at Wal-Mart.

(From www.ncdiabetes.org)

See also

Diabetes Supply


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