Part B (Medical Insurance)

Test strips, testing monitors, lancets and lancet devices, therapeutic shoes, and blood sugar control solutions are also covered under Part B. Insulin is also covered but it must be medically necessary and an external insulin pump must be used to administered it.


Durable medical equipment (DOE)

Durable medical equipment is covered under Medicare Part B. Durable medical equipment includes items such as walkers, wheelchairs, oxygen equipment and supplies.  Hospital beds for in-home use are also covered if ordered by a doctor or other health care provider enrolled in Medicare. The bed may be given to you to keep, or it may be rented, which means that you must return it once you no longer have a need for it.



Medicare offers limited benefits when it comes to eyeglasses. Eyeglasses are covered after cataract surgery in which an intraocular lens was implanted.  One pair of eyeglasses with a standard frame is covered.

Flu shots

One flu shot per flu season is covered.


Glaucoma screening

For high risk individuals, glaucoma screenings are covered once every 12 months. High risk individuals include those people with a family history of glaucoma, and those with diabetes.

One glaucoma screening every 12 months is covered for people at high risk for this eye disease.


Hearing exam

Hearing exams are covered only if your doctor or other health care provider orders it to determine if you need medical treatment. Hearing aids or exams for fitting hearing aids are not covered.