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What is the National Mail-Order Program?

Medicare is scheduled to implement a national mail-order program for diabetic testing supplies on July 1, 2013. The national mail-order program will include all parts of the United States, including the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.

This program is designed so you can continue getting quality supplies while saving money. The term mail-order includes all home deliveries. When it starts, you’ll need to use a Medicare national mail-order contract supplier for Medicare to pay for your diabetic testing supplies that are delivered to your home. If you don’t want your diabetic testing supplies delivered to your home, you can go to any local store that is enrolled with Medicare and buy them there.

Medicare’s approved payment amount will be the same for mail-order and non-mail-order diabetic testing supplies when the program starts. National mail-order contract suppliers can’t charge you more than any unmet deductible and 20 percent coinsurance. Local stores also can’t charge more than the deductible and 20 percent coinsurance if they accept assignment, which means they accept Medicare’s approved amount as payment in full. Local stores that do not accept Medicare assignment may charge more than 20 percent coinsurance and any unmet deductible. Therefore, if you get your supplies from a local store, check with the store to find out what your copayment will be.