Q: I was just diagnosed with Type II diabetes. What will Medicare cover?

A: Diabetes affects close to one-fifth of all people with Medicare - more than seven million older adults.

Starting January 2005, Medicare will cover lab tests to screen high-risk individuals for diabetes.

Currently, Medicare covers medical treatment for people with diabetes, including the following services and supplies when necessary:

Diabetes self-management training and education.

Glucose monitors, lancets and test strips. Note that Medicare does not cover insulin (except when used with an infusion pump) or syringes.

Foot care once every six months if you suffer from peripheral neuropathy and as long as you have not seen a foot-care specialist for another reason between visits.

Medical nutritional therapy which is designed to help you learn to eat right so you can better manage your illness.

Annual glaucoma screenings.

Please note that to get coverage, you must receive these services and supplies from Medicare-certified providers.

For information regarding this program or for other Medicare questions, call 1-800-633-4227.

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