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If you have diabetes, this page will explain how to buy supplies through your Medicare plan.

When you’re managing diabetes, medical supplies like insulin and blood glucose test strips can be a big part of your life. But they don’t have to be a big expense.

Our Medicare Advantage plans cover diabetes monitoring supplies with no copay. Diabetes monitoring supplies include things like blood glucose monitors, blood glucose test strips, lancet devices, and insulin pumps.

Our plans also cover therapeutic shoes and inserts with no copay.

BCN AdvantageSM HMO-POS and HMO members

If you have a BCN Advantage HMO-POS or HMO plan, diabetes supplies are only covered when you get them through J&B Medical Supply Company. You can order them online or by calling the number below.

     J&B Medical Supply Company
     Call 1-888-896-6233
     TTY users call 711
     8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday


Medicare Plus BlueSM PPO members

If you have a Medicare Plus Blue PPO plan, you can get your diabetes monitoring supplies through any supplier. There's no copay even if you use suppliers that are out of the plan's network.

Prescription Part D and Medigap members

Medicare Part D covers insulin, syringes, needles and alcohol swabs. Check out our drug list page to see how much insulin costs with your plan.

All other diabetes supplies are covered by Medicare Part B with 20 percent coinsurance. That means you pay 20 percent of the cost. If you have a Medigap plan, your plan might cover the coinsurance.

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