According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure contributes to many significant health conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure. In the United States, 121.5 million adults suffer from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.
While half of these individuals have improved their conditions, others have uncontrolled blood pressure, which can harm their health. Self-monitoring one’s blood pressure can help control this condition. Depending on your state, Medicaid may cover part of the cost.
Medical care is an important part of blood pressure management. Yet, you can also help your doctor treat you by monitoring and recording your symptoms at home. This is called self-measured blood pressure (SMBP). When combined with a doctor’s support, SMBP might improve your health.
You can use a manual blood pressure cuff or an automated blood pressure device to monitor your BP. With at-home measurements, you can record your blood pressure levels over time. Your doctor can use this information to help treat you.
Some evidence suggests that SMBP with clinical support may be more effective than medical care alone.
Per Medicaid.gov, one-third of all Medicaid beneficiaries have high blood pressure. With uncontrolled hypertension disproportionally affecting low-income, nonpregnant adults on Medicaid, SMBP coverage and reimbursement through Medicaid can be beneficial for many.
Medicaid covers SMBP in certain states. Yet not all states have coverage. Continue reading for more information.
Depending on your state, Medicaid’s coverage for self-measured blood pressure could include the following:
In most states with SMBP coverage, Medicaid takes care of medical care as well as devices. Other states cover just one or the other. The American Medical Association outlines what Medicaid provides in each state.
The following states provide coverage to some extent for both medical support and devices:
These states only cover durable medical equipment (manual blood pressure cuffs or automated blood pressure devices):
The following states reimburse providers for supporting patients with SMBP. However, Medicaid does not pay for at-home devices.
If you have high blood pressure, self-measurement might help. Consult with an elder law attorney near you to learn more about whether you could be eligible for Medicaid coverage in your state.