Diabetic supply coverage

Albertans using insulin to treat diabetes are now eligible for diabetic supply coverage, up to $600 per year. To be eligible, you must be an insulin-treated diabetic who is registered with one of Alberta’s supplementary health benefit plans:

  • Alberta Health supplementary health benefit plan administered by Alberta Blue Cross
    • Coverage for Seniors
    • Non-Group Coverage
    • Palliative Care Drug Coverage
  • Alberta Human Services assistance programs

Alberta Monitoring for Health program extended

Alberta Monitoring for Health (AMFH) program has been extended until October 15, 2016, for former clients who were enrolled in the AMFH program before March 31, 2015 and who are not eligible for coverage of diabetic supplies under other Government of Alberta sponsored supplementary health benefit programs or private plans.

  • For more information, call AMFH at 1-800-267-7532 or 780-423-2634 in the Edmonton area.

Coverage information

Only $600 is covered per year for diabetic supplies

This amount is intended to reduce the cost burden of diabetes on individuals. The $600 figure was based on information from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), the diabetes population and supply need. CADTH suggested that in adults with type 2 diabetes using basal insulin, self-monitoring of blood glucose should be individualized but testing of up to 14 times per week should suffice in most cases.

No co-payment amount

There is no co-payment applied to diabetic supplies purchased. You do not pay for diabetic supplies until you have reached the $600 per year limit.

  • Co-payment means the portion of the cost you pay to the pharmacy, similar to when you purchase drugs.

Diabetic supplies covered by the Alberta Health supplementary health benefit plans

Diabetic supplies covered include:

  • Blood glucose test strips
  • Urine test strips
  • Lancets
  • Syringes and
  • Needles

Insulin pumps are covered under a different program

Insulin pumps and related supplies are eligible for coverage under the Insulin Pump Therapy Program.

Prices for diabetic supplies may vary at different pharmacies

Prices may vary and there may be sales at different pharmacies, so you can choose to shop around for the best price. However, it is in your best interest to stay with the same pharmacy for patient monitoring and care purposes.

No limits or restrictions when purchasing diabetic supplies at the pharmacy

There is no limit or restriction to the amount of diabetic supplies purchased at one time, for example, a 3-month supply. The only time a restriction may be implemented is if there is an expiration date on the product.

Reaching your $600 limit for the benefit year

If you are a low-income senior you can contact the Special Needs for Seniors’ program. If you are a non-senior, you can contact Human Services.

Otherwise, Albertans who do not qualify for programs based on income eligibility may be able to claim some of the costs of diabetic supplies as a medical expense on their annual federal income tax return.

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