Does Medicare Part D Cover Insulin Pens?
and will i pay more than $10 for a prescription?
No and yes, if you have Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage).
No, a Medicare Part D plan cannot charge you more than $10 for a prescription unless your doctor specifies that your brand-name drug must be administered by an insulin pen--this includes prefilled insulin pens.
Yes, your Medicare Part D plan will cover the cost of insulin pen supplies.
What if my insulin is not in a pen?
Medicare Part D will cover the cost of insulin in vials or cartridges and syringes, regardless of whether the insulin is brand-name or generic.
Is the insulin pen covered if I have both Medicare Part D and Medicaid?
Medicare Part D does not have an agreement with Medicaid to coordinate prescription drug benefits. It could be the case that you would have a coverage gap of some type if both Medicare Part D and Medicaid are covering your prescriptions, which could increase your out-of-pocket costs.
What if I don't have a Medicare Part D plan?
If you don't have a Medicare Part D plan, you can buy a Medicare Advantage Plan (a private plan that covers Medicare services) or a stand-alone prescription drug plan.
Does the pen work with my medicare prescription drug coverage plan?
Yes. Insulin pens are covered if used in accordance with your doctor's prescription.
In fact, the pen is considered a better delivery system than the traditional vial or syringe, because it reduces the risk of needle stick injuries.
The pen is easy to use, it doesn't require refrigeration, and it can be used by people with limited dexterity.
Does medicare pay for the pen itself or just the insulin?
Medicare Part D pays for the insulin in the pen.
Where in the drug store can I find insulin pens?
In the pharmacy, in the insulin section.
A few pharmacy chains, like Walgreens, have their own brand of the pens, called ReliOn.
If I have to pay for the insulin pen, can I get a better price by buying it through my pharmacist?
Yes. The pharmacist can often negotiate a lower price for the insulin pen.
To learn about the costs of the different brands of insulin pens, see our article on the cost of insulin.
Does medicare cover insulin pen needles?
Yes. Insulin pen needles are covered if used in accordance with your doctor's prescription.
Are there any pen needle or pen needle infusion sets that aren't covered by medicare?
Can you use an insulin pen with NPH insulin?
Can you use an insulin pen with Lantus insulin?
Can you use an insulin pen with Humalog insulin?
Can you use an insulin pen with Novolog insulin?
Can you use an insulin pen with Apidra insulin?
Are there other kinds of insulin besides generic and brand name?
Yes. There are also specialty insulins that are more expensive and require a prescription from your doctor.
What is the difference between a fixed dose and a sliding scale insulin pump?
A fixed dose pump is programmed to deliver a set dose of insulin whenever the wearer pushes a button.
A sliding scale pump is programmed to deliver a set dose of insulin until the wearer pushes the button again, at which point the pump begins delivering a lower dose of insulin.
Insulin pumps are covered by Medicare Part D, but only for people with Type 1 diabetes.
What is the cost of insulin pens?
The cost of insulin pens varies widely, from about $50 to more than $300.
The cost of the pens depends on the type of insulin and the manufacturer.
The cost of some insulin pens comes close to the cost of using multiple vials of insulin in a month.
See our article on the cost of insulin for a comparison of the costs of vials of insulin and insulin pens.
What is a basal rate?
In an insulin pump, the basal rate is the amount of insulin that is delivered in any given time period. For example, if the basal rate is set at 8 units per hour, 8 units of insulin will be delivered in each hour.
Are insulin pens covered by medicare?
Do I have to get a new prescription to use an insulin pen?
Yes. Your doctor must prescribe the use of an insulin pen instead of a vial or syringe, and your pharmacy must dispense the insulin pen with a new prescription.
Insulin Pens and Medicare Part D
The insulin pens covered by Medicare Part D are the same ones covered by private insurance.
How do you use a pen with Medicare?
A doctor must prescribe the use of an insulin pen instead of a vial or syringe, and your pharmacy must dispense the insulin pen with a new prescription.
Once you have your insulin pen prescription, your Medicare Part D plan must cover the cost of the insulin in the pen.
Because the cost of the insulin in an insulin pen is the same as the cost of the insulin in a vial or syringe, Medicare Part D cannot charge you more than $10 for a