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Medicare's Mail-Order Diabetes Testing Supply Program

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As an alternative to going to a local store or pharmacy, Medicare offers a National Mail-Order Program for those with Original Medicare who use diabetes testing supplies. This convenient, optional program is available in all U.S. states and territories, and helps people get the quality supplies they need, while saving money.

The program uses medical suppliers under contract to mail testing supplies to consumers' homes. These contractors cannot charge more than any unmet deductible and 20% coinsurance, which means they accept the Medicare-approved payment in full. This can be a significant savings for some consumers.

If you already receive your diabetic testing supplies through the mail and would like to continue to do so, you may need to choose a new supplier starting July 1, 2016. Or, if you would like a list of suppliers serving your area, visit Medicare.gov/supplier and enter your ZIP code.

If you would like to learn more about the National Mail-Order Program, visit Medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE. In addition, Minnesota's Senior LinkAge Line® can provide you or a family member with the help you need about Medicare or various other aging-related topics. You can reach them by calling 1-800-333-2433, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.