Making simple lifestyle changes, like increasing exercise and decreasing unhealthy foods, can help prevent type 2 diabetes — especially for those with prediabetes.
If you’re a Medicare Part B beneficiary, you also have access to a once-in-a-lifetime free type 2 diabetes prevention program.
The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program is free of charge just once in your life.
Medicare Part B beneficiaries join group core sessions each week for six months, where they’ll learn important tips and strategies to lose weight and make lasting changes. Throughout the program, you’ll receive support and motivation from a trained coach, as well as others in the group with the same goal: preventing type 2 diabetes for good.
After the six-month program is complete, you’ll have six monthly follow-up sessions along with 12 more months of maintenance for meeting specified goals for weight loss and attendance.
This program is available only for those who have Medicare Part B and meet all of these eligibility requirements:
Medicare Part B provides another free resource with screenings to help prevent type 2 diabetes.
If your doctor thinks you’re at risk of developing diabetes, you could be eligible for up to two lab test screenings per year to check glucose levels in your blood. Risk factors include a history of high blood sugar or blood pressure, obesity and abnormal levels of cholesterol or triglycerides
You’ll receive these screenings free of charge if you meet two or more of these eligibility requirements:
Diabetes can cause some serious health complications, but it can be manageable with enough knowledge and support from your Medicare plan.
If you have diabetes, Medicare Part B covers certain supplies, like blood sugar self-testing equipment, therapeutic shoes and insulin pumps. If any of these are medically necessary, your doctor will prescribe them and you’ll pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, plus deductible.
In the case you need to replace any lost or damaged supplies, Medicare may cover the cost of replacement, as well as the cost of renting something (like a wheelchair) while your items are being repaired.
Supplies that aren’t covered by Medicare include things like eyeglasses, orthopedic shoes and cosmetic surgery.
Medicare provides extensive coverage for various treatments, including things like foot care, eyesight tests and these other important services.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, your body will be exposed to oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. People with diabetes often have poor blood circulation, and this type of therapy can stimulate the creation of new blood vessels and help create new skin around a wound.
Medicare Part B will only cover insulin if use of an insulin pump is deemed medically necessary. If you use items like injectable insulin not used with a pump, insulin pens, syringes and needles, alcohol swabs or gauze, you can purchase Medicare Part D for coverage.
Participating Part D drug plans or Medicare Advantage Plans with drug coverage under the insulin savings model offer coverage for several types of insulin at a maximum $35 monthly copay.
The above is meant to be strictly educational and not intended to provide medical advice or solicit the sales of an insurance product or service of any kind.