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How do you get a free ACCU-CHEK Compact Plus meter?

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Blood sugar monitors, such as the ACCU-CHEK Compact Plus meter, are covered as durable medical equipment under Medicare Part B when prescribed by a doctor for home use, according to Medicare.gov. Information on how to qualify and apply is available at Medicare.gov.

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Medicare Part B covers most of the Medicare-approved cost of blood sugar meters as long as the prescribing doctor and the equipment supplier are both enrolled in Medicare, states Medicare.gov. The patient pays 20 percent of the approved amount, and Medicare covers up to 80 percent. The Medicare-approved amount may vary from the amount charged by the doctor, and if there are additional charges remaining after Medicare coverage, then the patient is required to cover those costs. Roche Diagnostics, the maker of ACCU-CHECK meters, is a Medicare-enrolled supplier, and the Compact Plus meter is included as qualifying durable medical equipment under Medicare Part B, according to Roche.

Coverage for the ACCU-CHECK Compact Plus meter varies by insurance provider, according to Roche. Those who do not qualify for Medicare can obtain other types of coverage through their state or federal health insurance marketplaces, or they may be eligible for tax credit assistance towards the cost of insurance coverage, depending on income and other factors, states WebMD.

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