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Will my insurance cover my diabetes supplies?

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Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. And it is estimated that it costs the nation $170 billion annually. As a result, 46 states have mandated that insurers must cover diabetes medicine, supplies, and equipment. But you may have to engage in a letter-writing campaign to get your health insurer to pay for certain medical devices. Also, if you're on Medicare or Medicaid, you can check online to see if these government programs will reimburse you for diabetes supplies.

SOURCES:

FDA: "Glucose Meters and Diabetes Management."

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety Information."

The Hormone Foundation: "Diabetes Lifestyle and Prevention."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

FDA: "Glucose Meters and Diabetes Management."

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety Information."

The Hormone Foundation: "Diabetes Lifestyle and Prevention."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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