There are Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO) carriers that offer special needs plans specifically for diabetes. These plans typically offer drugs at a lower cost and some of the medical benefits can also have lower copays.
If your father qualifies for a diabetes Special Needs Medicare Advantage Plan, he is entitled to a special election period and does not need to wait until Annual Enrollment. You can go onto www.medicare.gov to see if there is a diabetes Special Needs Medicare Advantage plan in his area that his doctor/medical group participates in. If so, he can submit an application this month to be effective the 1st of next month. The plan will require verification by his diagnosing physician of your father’s medical condition.