Medicare

The FreeStyle Libre systems are widely covered by Medicare for patients managing diabetes with insulin*1.

The FreeStyle Libre CGM systems are covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Woman checking her blood glucose on her mobile device while walking a dog
Woman checking her blood glucose on her mobile device while walking a dog

#1 CGM prescribed for Medicare patients*†1,2

Manage your diabetes with more confidence‡§3 with the FreeStyle Libre 3 or FreeStyle Libre 2 systems. They’re covered by Medicare for people managing diabetes with insulin*1. Ask your healthcare provider about the FreeStyle Libre 3 or FreeStyle Libre 2 system, if you take insulin for your diabetes.

Lower your A1c‡§4-6. No fingersticks neededǁ.

The FreeStyle Libre 3 and FreeStyle Libre 2 systems are 14-day continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems that allow you to know your glucose levels anytime, anywhere#

FreeStyle Libre 3 system

  • Real-time glucose readings are automatically** sent to your reader†† or smartphone‡‡ every minute, without scanning  

  • Helps lower your A1c‡6

  • Accurate readings7 help you make informed decisions 

  • Monitor your glucose on your smartphone‡‡ or FreeStyle Libre 3 reader††

  • Alarms§§ trigger when glucose readings cross your customized levels

  • The world’s smallest, thinnestIIII and most discreet2 sensor

FreeStyle Libre 2 system

  • Real-time glucose readings with a painless§8 scan using your reader¶¶ or smartphone##  

  • Helps lower your A1c§4,5

  • Accurate9 readings help you make informed decisions 

  • Monitor your glucose on your smartphone## or FreeStyle Libre 2 reader¶¶

  • Alarms*** trigger on a smartphone## when glucose readings cross your customized levels†††

Find out if you’re eligible

If you have Medicare, you may be covered for the FreeStyle Libre 3 or 2 system if you meet all of the following coverage criteria1:

You have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Your doctor has determined that you (or your caregiver) have adequate training using a CGM and has written a prescription.

Your CGM is being used as indicated by the FDA.

 

You’ve experienced one of the following situations when it comes to treating your glucose:

  • You are insulin-treated

  • You have a history of problematic hypoglycemia with documentation of either: multiple level 2 hypoglycemic events or a history of one level 3 hypoglycemic event

You have a visit with your doctor 6 months prior to starting CGM to evaluate your diabetes control and determine that all criteria listed are met.

Learn more about Medicare CGM coverage at cms.gov.

Still not sure if you’re covered for the FreeStyle Libre 3 system or FreeStyle Libre 2 system? Reach out to our customer care team to learn more about the #1 doctor-prescribed CGM system in the US‡‡‡.

BGM = blood glucose monitoring; CGM = continuous glucose monitoring.

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Talk to your doctor to get a prescription

Ask your healthcare provider if you qualify for the FreeStyle Libre 3 or FreeStyle Libre 2 system through Medicare. Your prescription must include both the reader††¶¶ and the sensors to be eligible* for Medicare coverage. Your healthcare provider will work with a supplier to fill your prescription. To see a list of suppliers, click here.

Unsure how to ask your doctor about continuous glucose monitoring? Use our discussion guide to help start the conversation with your doctor.

For more assistance, call our Customer Care Team at 1-855-632-8658. The team is available 7 days a week from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time, excluding holidays.

The MyFreeStyle program is here to support you on your journey

The MyFreeStyle program was created to help people like you manage their diabetes and get started with the FreeStyle Libre 3 or FreeStyle Libre 2 system.

Here are three great reasons to sign up for MyFreeStyle TODAY:

  • The MyFreeStyle program can help you stay on top of your diabetes management at no cost to you
  • Learn how to apply and start your sensor
  • See how food and exercise affect your glucose levels 

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Is the FreeStyle Libre 3 system covered for Medicare beneficiaries?

Is the FreeStyle Libre 2 system covered for Medicare beneficiaries?

Can I pay cash for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system if it is not covered by my insurance? How much would I be paying?

Medicare coverage is available for FreeStyle Libre systems if their respective readers are used to review glucose data on some days every month. Medicare and other third party payor criteria apply.

Abbott provides this information as a courtesy; it is subject to change and interpretation. The customer is ultimately responsible for determining the appropriate codes, coverage, and payment policies for individual patients. Abbott does not guarantee third party coverage or payment for our products or reimburse customers for claims that are denied by third party payors.

* Patients must meet Medicare eligibility coverage criteria.

† Data based on total active Medicare patients with CGM readers.

‡ Data from this study was collected with the outside US version of the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. FreeStyle Libre 3 has the same features as FreeStyle Libre 14 day system with real-time glucose alarms. Therefore, the study data is applicable to both products.

§ Data from this study was collected with the outside US version of FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. FreeStyle Libre 2 has the same features as FreeStyle Libre 14 day system with optional, real-time glucose alarms. Therefore, the study data is applicable to both products.

‖ FreeStyle Libre 2 and 3 systems: Fingersticks are required if your glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol during the first 12 hours.

¶ Glucose readings are not available during 1-hour warm-up, when sensor is too hot or too cold, when you see an error or "LO" or "HI" message, or no current glucose reading.

# Sensor is water-resistant in up to 1 meter (3 feet) of water. Do not immerse longer than 30 minutes.

** The user's device must have internet connectivity for glucose data to automatically upload to LibreView and to transfer to connected LibreLinkUp app users.

†† The FreeStyle Libre 3 app and the FreeStyle Libre 3 reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol and when your glucose alarms and readings from the system do not match symptoms or expectations.

‡‡ The FreeStyle Libre 3 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check our website for more information about device compatibility before using the app.

§§ Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 33 feet unobstructed of the reading device. You must enable the appropriate settings on your smartphone to receive alarms and alerts, see the FreeStyle Libre 3 User’s Manual for more information.

‖‖ Among patient-applied sensors.

¶¶ The FreeStyle Libre 2 app and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol and when your glucose alarms and readings from the system do not match symptoms or expectations.

## The FreeStyle Libre 2 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check our website for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of the FreeStyle Libre 2 app requires registration with LibreView.

*** Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20 feet unobstructed of the reading device. You must enable the appropriate settings on your smartphone to receive alarms and alerts, see the FreeStyle Libre 2 User’s Manual for more information.

††† The FreeStyle Libre 2 app also has a mandatory Urgent Low Glucose Alarm that lets users know when their glucose value is below 55mg/dL.

‡‡‡ Data based on the number of patients assigned to each manufacturer based on last filled prescription in US Retail Pharmacy and DME.

References: 1. Local Coverage Determination (LCD) L33822, Glucose Monitors, https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/view/lcd.aspx?LCDId=33822. 2. Data on File. Abbott Diabetes Care. 3. Fokkert, Marion, et al. "Improved well-being and decreased disease burden after 1-year use of flash glucose monitoring (FLARE-NL4)." BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care 7 (2019): e000809. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-000809. 4. Evans, Mark, et al. "The Impact of Flash Glucose Monitoring on Glycaemic Control as Measured by HbA1c: a Meta-analysis of Clinical Trials and Real-world Observational Studies." Diabetes Therapy 11, no. 1 (2020): 83-95. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-019-00720-0. 5. Kroeger, Jens, Peter Fasching, and Helene Hanaire. "Three European Retrospective Real-World Chart Review Studies to Determine the Effectiveness of Flash Glucose Monitoring on HbA1c in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes." Diabetes Therapy 11, no. 1 (2020): 279-291. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-019-00741-9. 6. Evans, Mark, et al. "Reductions in HbA1c with flash glucose monitoring are sustained for up to 24 months: a meta analysis of 75 real-world observational studies." Diabetes Therapy (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-022-01253-97. FreeStyle Libre 3 User's Manual. 8. Haak, Thomas, et al. “Flash Glucose-Sensing Technology as a Replacement for Blood Glucose Monitoring for the Management of Insulin-treated Type 2 Diabetes: a Multicentre, Open-label Randomised Controlled Trial.” Diabetes Therapy 8, no. 1 (2017): 55-73. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-016-0223-6. 9. FreeStyle Libre 2 User’s Manual.

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