I frequently come across all kinds of “savings” for people with diabetes.
Companies making insulin that offer a flat fee of $25 or another amount, for insulin per month. OOPS, not if you have Medicare. Only applies if you are commercially insured.
Dexcom now available under Medicare. OOPS, not if you have a Medicare Advantage plan. Only applies if you have straight Medicare.
So, my question, when does “Medicare” mean straight Medicare, and when does “Medicare” mean anyone of Medicare age, covered under a Medicare Advantage plan? The term is used to mean one thing is some cases and another thing in other cases.
How does one answer the question asked in many cases, do you have Medicare? Do you say YES, if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan? Should you say, NO, if you don’t have straight Medicare, the original, and not an HMO, PPO, etc. Medicare Advantage plan?
The term is not used the same in all situations. How does a person 65 or older know what is meant in each case?
Yes, Dexcom, IS covered by Medicare, but NOT by Medicare Advantage plans.
QUOTE from the Frequently Asked Questions at the Dexcom website.
> "Is Dexcom covered by Medicare?
> Dexcom is now shipping the Dexcom G5 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System to Medicare patients with traditional fee-for-service coverage. Please note that at this time, we are not able to process Medicare Advantage plans."