Patient Advisory: Important Information for Beneficiaries of Medicare Part B -- OneTouch® Diabetes Testing Supplies are always covered by Medicare Part B* and are widely available at retail pharmacies and Medicare approved mail order suppliers

Jul 01, 2013, 09:56 ET from LifeScan

MILPITAS, Calif., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

To Medicare Part B beneficiaries with diabetes and their healthcare professionals:

If you have diabetes and are enrolled in Medicare Part B, or you are a healthcare professional caring for people with diabetes, you may have heard that Medicare is changing reimbursement and access to diabetes testing supplies. This may impact how and where Medicare patients get their blood glucose test strips.

Medicare has limited the number of mail order suppliers approved to provide diabetes testing supplies to Medicare Part B beneficiaries. These changes may significantly impact you or your patient's access to and choice of diabetes testing supplies. A patient's current supplier may no longer be authorized to provide diabetes testing supplies and/or may try to switch patients to products that are unfamiliar.

It is important for you to know that Medicare patients do not need to switch from the OneTouch® Testing Supplies they have come to trust and rely on. If a current supplier of OneTouch® Testing Supplies no longer carries them, OneTouch® can help you find a supplier that does. OneTouch® Products are available at thousands of retail pharmacies nationwide and at approved Medicare mail order suppliers. All OneTouch® Testing Supplies will continue to be fully covered by Medicare Part B*. In fact, patients with most supplemental insurance plans will pay nothing at all*.

OneTouch® is here to help. If you have questions regarding Medicare coverage for OneTouch® Products or need help finding an approved supplier, visit or call us at 1-866-621-6216*.

*Coverage and payment may be subject to co-insurance, deductible and patient eligibility requirements. Not a guarantee of coverage and payment.