Some patients may qualify for free diabetic supplies, including blood sugar testing strips, if they are on Medicare, according to the official U.S. government site for Medicare. Testing supplies can be obtained through a pharmacy or online, and some retailers will also handle billing Medicare for the patient. Other health insurance plans may also cover all or part of the costs of diabetic testing supplies, so patients should check with their health insurance providers to find out what may be covered.
Medicare Part B covers diabetic testing strips, blood sugar monitors and other items including insulin. Patients may have to get a certain type of monitor or testing strips to qualify for reimbursement. It's possible that patients may still be responsible for part of the costs.
Other possible way for patients to get free or discounted test strips is through companies like Rx Assist, Needy Meds and Rx Hope, as stated on the American Diabetes Association website. These pharmaceutical assistance programs all have different terms and different guidelines on what they will pay for and whether the supplies are covered in full or in part, so it's important to double check that the company can help with the patient's specific needs.