Despite upcoming Medicare changes, CVS/pharmacy will continue to accept Part B coverage for diabetes supplies.


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CVS to maintain Medicare coverage for diabetes supplies

May 20th, 2013

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – Despite upcoming Medicare changes, CVS/pharmacy will continue to accept Part B coverage for diabetes supplies.

CVS said Monday that the number of providers that will accept Medicare coverage for diabetes testing supplies is slated to decrease after July 1 as a result of changes to the program. However, the drug chain noted that it is informing those treating diabetes that it will keep accepting Medicare Part B coverage for test strips and other diabetes testing supplies.

"More than 25 million people in the United States have diabetes, and every 17 seconds another American is diagnosed with diabetes, so it is critical that patients continue to have affordable access to diabetes testing supplies to help them manage their disease," Papatya Tankut, vice president of pharmacy affairs at CVS Caremark, said in a statement. "CVS/pharmacy is committed to ensuring that Medicare patients can use their insurance coverage for test strips and other diabetes supplies. We also offer 90-day supplies of prescription test strips at the same low price as mail order."

CVS added that its pharmacists are also on hand to answer patients' diabetes-related questions, and CVS/pharmacy can help patients with new paperwork from their doctor's office that is required by the changes Medicare is making to the coverage of diabetes testing supplies.

The chain, too, offers the ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes program, an adjunct to its customer loyalty program that enables patients and caregivers to earn double ExtraBucks Rewards on more than 100 products used to manage diabetes plus get more offers through an online newsletter and register receipts.

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