Will Medicare pay for my medications?
Generally, Medicare does not pay for medications. However, under certain circumstances there are Medicare patients with particular diagnoses that can get certain medications paid for through the Medicare program.
In the case of respiratory patients who have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease such as Chronic Bronchitis, Asthmatic Bronchitis, or Emphysema), the Medicare program pays for the patient to have a nebulizer compressor and nebulizer circuits. Obviously, this type of equipment would not be effective in the treatment of COPD without the medication to be used in them. In cases where a patient with COPD qualifies for a home nebulizer, Medicare also provides coverage for the medications needed to go in the nebulizer for the respiratory treatment. Medicare covers the purchase of acqueous based solutions to be used in nebulizers. This allows for coverage of the most common drugs used in nebulizer treatments. Albuterol and Ipratropium Bromide. Cromolyn Sodium is also covered for COPD patients. Under certain circumstances a few other drugs are covered based on diagnosis and qualifying criterion.
AeroCare Pharmacy, Inc. accepts Medicare assignment on nebulizer medications for patients with a confirmed diagnosis of COPD. AeroCare’s next day service (often, same day service) provides quality Nephron Pharmaceutical products for Medicare patients with COPD who need respiratory treatments.
Medicare also covers use of home oxygen for respiratory patients who qualify under the Medicare rules.