Frequently Asked Questions

Competitive Bidding FAQ:

  1. What is the Competitive Bidding Program?

    1. On July 1, 2013 Medicare is scheduled to make significant changes that will affect up to 4.5 million beneficiaries receiving diabetic testing supplies.

      Medicare decided to implement wide sweeping changes to its benefit program in an effort to reduce its cost. You will receive a notice from Medicare indicating that your supplier may not be able to provide services or supplies because they are not a recognized contract Medicare supplier.

      We are pleased to announce that Arriva Medical, an Alere company, has been selected by Medicare as a contracted supplier for your diabetic testing supplies.

  1. I reside in different states throughout the year. Can I still receive my diabetic testing supplies from Arriva Medical?

    1. Yes. Arriva Medical, an Alere company, can service nationwide.

  2. How will this program affect me?

    1. Under the Competitive Bidding Program a supplier must become a Medicare contracted supplier in order to supply you with your diabetic testing supplies. If Arriva Medical, an Alere company, isn’t your diabetic supplier, your current diabetic supplier may no longer be able to service you.

    2. The Competitive Bidding program reduces a Medicare beneficiary’s out-of-pocket expenses for items such as diabetic testing supplies.

  3. When does the program go into effect?

    1. July 1, 2013.

  4. Can Arriva Medical service all of my diabetic testing supply needs?

    1. Yes, Arriva Medical, an Alere company, was contracted by Medicare to take care of your diabetic needs.

  5. Which areas will be affected by competitive bidding?

    1. The competitive bidding program is nationwide.

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