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Managing Diabetes Effectively And Affordably On Medicare

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - While diabetes continues to be on the rise in America, there are ways you can deal with it.

It may help to know that an American is  diagnosed every 17 seconds, and the Centers for Disease Control estimates  that by 2050, as many as a third of the U.S. population will have diabetes.  Not only is it a common disease but it is a costly one; people living with  diabetes spend 2½ times more on health care than the average consumer  and approximately $350 annually on over-the-counter health products,  including critical diabetes testing supplies. In fact, many Medicare patients  rely on Part B coverage to secure their diabetes testing supplies.

However, due to changes to the Medicare program beginning July 1, 2013,  those with diabetes may not be able to purchase their testing supplies where  they have in the past. The following tips may help Medicare patients manage  their diabetes effectively and affordably:

Visit a CVS/pharmacy for Testing Supplies: CVS/pharmacy will continue to  accept Medicare B coverage for diabetes testing supplies and will continue to  stock all major brands. Medicare patients can also receive a 90-day supply of  prescription test strips for the same low Medicare co-pay as mail order.

Test Your Blood Sugar Regularly and  Talk to Your Pharmacist: One of the most important ways for diabetic  patients to manage their disease is to perform regular testing of their blood  sugar, or glucose, levels. CVS pharmacists are available every day to speak  with their patients about managing their diabetes and answer their questions  about prescription and over-the-counter medications. Pharmacists can also  help patients with new paperwork from their doctors’ offices required  by changes to Medicare coverage of diabetes testing supplies.

Enroll in Savings Programs:  These, such as the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes program,  offer great opportunities for people living with diabetes. It’s free to  ExtraCare cardholders and provides an additional layer of savings and  benefits for customers with diabetes and their caregivers. Members who sign  up for the program get Double ExtraBucks Rewards on more than 100 products  throughout the year.