Based on this evidence, NIHB is introducing changes to the number of blood glucose test strips it will cover for clients with diabetes. The new policy bases the number of test strips on the medications the client is using to manage their diabetes. There will be no change in coverage for clients on insulin. However, clients managing their diabetes only through oral medication and/or diet and lifestyle changes will see their coverage for test strips reduced. NIHB recognizes this is a change in practice for some individuals. The goal is to ensure clients continue to have access to the test strips they need, while encouraging proper blood glucose testing.
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