Like many of you I have had to pay the Part B deductible for insulin, even though it is considered “durable medical equipment” and it should be covered by Medicare for those of us on the pump. My refunds are now coming through, so I thought I’d give you the following information about how it works.
So the way it works now is you pay the deductible up front to CVS.
Medicare pays their part and then United Health Care pays CVS the same
co-pay you already paid CVS. So CVS gets paid the co-pay twice.
United Health Care told me that CVS is supposed to refund your payment
back to you by check, no later than 4 weeks after United
Health Care pays the co-pay to CVS. The number at CVS to check on the
status of a refund check is: 1-800-494-4287. It gets you directly to
the third party reimbursement department.
I’m on United Health Care (AARP) but it should work for other health plans too. Hope this helps.