Quantity limits on blood glucose test strips

November 1, 2021

For business owners, plan administrators, and sponsors

Effective April 1st we are modifying our administrative practices and applying limits on blood glucose test strips.

  • For patients managing diabetes with insulin the yearly maximum will be 3,000 test strips.
  • For patients on oral diabetes medication or using diet and exercise alone to manage their diabetes will have coverage for up to 400 strips.

This change applies to drug plans with coverage for diabetic supplies. If your plan already has limits in place, the new limits wouldn’t apply. Plans that currently have limits on blood glucose test strips that would like to align with ours, please contact your Manulife representative.

Changes in administrative practices are important to help manage drug costs for both the plan sponsor and member as well as reduce misuse and abuse. Applying limits also encourages proper testing practices for optimal patient outcomes.

Provincial plans have introduced limits, but overall align with Manulife’s limits (with minor differences by province).

If you have any questions, contact your Manulife representative.