FreeStyle Libre for T2


#1

Does anyone know if Medicare is rigid about covering this for T2 if not on insulin? I have a good Medicare Advantage plan. I have not been able to lower my fasting BG despite trying all kinds of things - protein snack before bed, increasing Metformin to 1000 mg ER, one in the morning and one in the evening. No change. Morning BG is always greater than 140, often 150.


#2

I am not on Medicare so can’t speak to that. But right now I am using libre out of pocket. I am paying 112$ a month for 2 14 day sensors from walmart using a good rx coupon which for some is cheaper than insurance. I got the reader for free from abbot. Dont know if this is option for you or not.


#3

Walgreens had a special deal for 3 10 day sensors for $75. Online Walgreens I was able to still get them for that too. That was cheaper than Walmarts price when I had checked.
But it was the 10 day sensors. The 10 day reader was $65 and you could trade it free for the new 14 day sensor with a prescription. I recently switched to Dexcom so I don’t know what the 14 day ones cost there.


#4

Medicare covers my OneTouch Verio and test strips with no co-pay required. And Freestyle Libre has been approved by Medicare for insulin users. So I am really hoping they will cover it. Thanks!


#5

There is a detailed form your doctor has to complete with specific questions
about insulin usage, hypoglycemic events, A1C etc.


#6

Morning glucose is tricky for me also type 2. Put your meter beside your bed. Take a reading at 3:00 am, don’t sit up, and in the morning just after you wake up before you sit up and again 30 minutes after you get out of bed. The results may surprise you.


#7

Thanks everyone. My pharmacy just called to say they were able to run the FreeStyle Libre through my Medicare Advantage insurance and it is covered. So I will have it sometime Monday.

And tduke that is a great suggestion! I’ll try it tonight.


#8

Glad to hear they will cover it for you. Let us know how you like it.


#9

I just got my reader and 6 sensors today. On my Medicare Advantage plan, no co-pay, which was a delightful surprise.