Using Medicare to Pay for Your Ostomy Supplies

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Whether you’ve had a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy, you need to get your ostomy supplies from a reliable supply provider. Additionally, you probably want ostomy products from high-quality brands that will be both comfortable and reliable. Lastly, if you have Medicare, you probably want to find cost-effective ostomy supplies covered by Medicare.

Medicare Coverage for Ostomy Supplies

Millions of people across America rely on Medicare for their essential medical supplies, including ostomy products. Medicare typically covers a portion of the overall cost of each order (typically 80%), so there is usually an out-of-pocket cost to the insured customer. However, if you have a Medicare supplemental insurance plan or a replacement plan that covers 100%, you may be able to get your ostomy supplies totally free.

Either way, going through your insurance plan is less costly than paying cash for your supplies outright. You may have to consider the supply limits within a 30 or 90-day range that must be followed in order to have Medicare pay their portion.

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Take a look at the below chart, which lists some but not all of the ostomy products you may be able to receive with Medicare coverage.



Drainable ostomy pouches Up to 20
Urostomy pouches Up to 20
Closed ostomy pouches Up to 60
Skin barrier with flange Up to 20
Adhesive remover wipes 150 every 3 months
Ostomy belt 1
Skin barrier paste 4 oz. tube
Protective barrier wipes 150 every 6 months
Protective powder 10 oz. every 6 months

Medicare requires a prescription as well as related doctor’s progress notes in order to cover this type of medical supply. However, you can rest easy when you choose 180 Medical, a Medicare-accredited provider, knowing that we will work hard to handle getting all documentation that Medicare requires to be in full compliance with their guidelines.

Other Insurance Coverage for Ostomy Supplies

180 Medical is also in-network with state Medicaid programs. Additionally, we accept a wide and growing variety of private insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare, United Healthcare, Cigna, and more.

However, because each state Medicaid has its own guidelines for what and how much they will cover, it would be hard to list out all supplies and potential allowable and covered amounts. This is the same for private insurance plans.

To find out more about what your insurance may cover, contact us at 180 Medical. We’ll gladly verify your insurance and help you understand your coverage for future orders.
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Top 3 Factors of an Ideal Ostomy Supplies Provider

company specializing in ostomy

First, choose a company that specializes in ostomy supplies.

It’s advantageous to have a supplier that knows its products inside and out. Unlike companies that provide medical supplies of all kinds, 180 Medical has Ostomy Specialists who are rigorously trained to meet the needs of our customers. Our ostomy specialists understand ostomy procedures, our product line including accessories, and all the latest technology. Plus, we have a wide selection of high-quality products in comparison to the limited inventories of local pharmacies.

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180 Medical’s Team of Ostomy Specialists

company achc accredited medicare accredited

Seek out a Medicare-accredited, ACHC-accredited provider.

You want a supplier that operates with integrity and always does the right thing. 180 Medical is proudly accredited and contracted with Medicare and the ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care).

We are also contracted with most state Medicaid plans and a wide variety of private insurance plans that continues to grow.

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Find a supplier that will handle billing your insurance for you.

You don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of turning in claims on your products for repayment. Quality ostomy suppliers like 180 Medical will take the time to interface with your physician and your insurer to make sure you are getting the products you need to be covered.


With these tips, you may be on the way to getting quality ostomy supplies. To find out if Medicare will pay for your supplies or if you have other questions, call us at 180 Medical. Our friendly Ostomy Specialists are ready to help you.

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Jessica is a Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, and she's been a part of the 180 family for 10 years. Her favorite part of working here is the positive impact we make on our community and in peoples' lives.

She loves cooking plant-based meals, listening to music and podcasts, creative writing, and taking walks with her dogs.