Osteoporosis drugs for women

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) help pay for an injectable drug for osteoporosis in certain women. Medicare also covers the visit by a home health nurse to give the drug.

Who’s eligible?

Women with Medicare are covered if they:

• Are eligible for Part B
• Meet the criteria for Medicare home health services
• Have a bone fracture that a doctor certifies was related to post-menopausal osteoporosis
• Certified by a doctor as unable to learn or unable to give themselves the drug by injection, and family and/or caregivers are unable or unwilling to give the drug by injection

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the cost of the drug, and the Part B deductible applies. You pay nothing for the home health nurse visit to give the drug.