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Does Medicare Cover Asthma Inhalers


Medicare coverage for inhalers falls under Part D. When it comes to outpatient treatment for asthma, that would fall under Part B. If you go to the hospital due to having an asthma attack, coverage would fall under Part A. Nebulizers are considered durable medical equipment and would fall under Part B.

Does Medicare Cover Inhalers?

Yes, if your doctor prescribes an asthma inhaler for treatment, Medicare Part D will cover it. A doctor must provide a prescription. That’s why it’s so important to have a stand-alone Part D plan.

Formularies should include drug tiers and plan guidelines. Inhalers range in cost with most lower-tier drugs costing less. Talking to your doctor about generic alternatives could save you money. With the elimination of the gag clause, you can speak to your pharmacist about prices outside your insurance.

Does Medicare Cover Ventolin?

About 50% of Part D plans will cover Ventolin. Ventolin is considered a tier 2 drug.

Does Medicare Cover Symbicort?

For the most part, Part D plans do not cover Symbicort. However, contact your carrier directly to find out. Symbicort manufacturer coupons may be available online.

Does Medicare Cover Albuterol?

About 53% of Part D plans will cover Albuterol. Contact your plan to review your drug formulary.

Does Medicare Cover Flovent?

Yes, 93% of Part D plans will cover Flovent. Typically, Flovent is a tier 3 drug.

Does Medicare Cover COPD Inhalers?

Yes, Medicare will cover both COPD inhalers and Bronchodilators. Both of these medications assist in opening up airways to make breathing easier.

What Pulmonary Treatment Will Medicare Cover?

Outpatient rehab for a chronic pulmonary condition would fall under Part B.

Part B covers outpatient rehab for chronic pulmonary conditions, such as:

Pulmonary rehab focuses on lung restoration. It’s a preventative program, lasting anywhere from 6-8 weeks.

These rehab programs entail:

When recent tests show poor lung function, Part B covers therapy. The purpose is to restore lung function and improve life quality. Also, those with chronic issues may be eligible for chronic care management, talk to your doctor about your options.

How to Get Help Paying for Asthma Inhalers Under Medicare

Inhaler costs can add up quickly when you don't have a Part D prescription drug plan. Even if you don't take Medications, having a Part D plan will protect you from penalties. Our agents can go over all your options and help you identify the most suitable Part D policy. Give us a call at the number above to get started! Can't call now? Fill out an online rate form to learn more about your options!

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Jagger Esch

Jagger Esch is the Medicare expert for MedicareFAQ and the founder, president, and CEO of Elite Insurance Partners and MedicareFAQ.com. Since the inception of his first company in 2012, he has been dedicated to helping those eligible for Medicare by providing them with resources to educate themselves on all their Medicare options. He is featured in many publications as well as writes regularly for other expert columns regarding Medicare.

7 thoughts on “Does Medicare Cover Asthma Inhalers

  1. No they do not pay for asthma inhalers only a very select few you have to pay full price and you are not allowed coupons

    1. Hi Brenda – Part D plans do pay for asthma inhalers. You’ll need to make sure your formulary includes what you need. You can use coupons if you have a Part D plan, but you can’t use them in conjunction with your Part D plan.

      1. Any suggestions on how to get dulera cheaper. 2021 is $42 a month, 2022 it changed to tier 4 and is now $95 a month

      2. Lorey, you can always check out Goodrx.com or reach out to the manufacturer to see if there is a coupon available for this drug. Keep in mind, you can only use GoodRX OR your Part D coverage. You cannot use one to supplement the other.

    1. I’m an finding the same problem with my asthma…I do not understand why we have to suffer

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