Medicare and commercial plans won't cover vitamins or other supplements in most cases. For the most part, even Rx-Only vitamins, such as Vitamin D 50,000 IUs or B-12 injections, are not covered by Medicare Part D. However, certain patients may qualify for OTC supplement coverage, so read on!

Medicaid Patients

In most states, Medicaid will cover vitamins and supplements, including certain OTCs!

Most states maintain an online list of which NDCs they cover.  Some states have one list that covers both drugs and OTCs, while other states have a separate list just for covered OTCs. If you can't find any OTC supplements on the main Preferred Drug List, check to see if they have a separate list for covered OTCs.

State-Specific Links

Alabama: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Arkansas: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Medicaid List of Covered OTCs
Alaska: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Arizona: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
California/Medi-Cal: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Colorado: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Connecticut: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Delaware: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
District of Columbia: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Florida: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Georgia: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Hawaii:  Medicaid Formulary Drug Search
Idaho: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Illinois: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Indiana: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Kansas/Kancare: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Kentucky: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Maine: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Maryland: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Massachussetts/MassHealth: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Michigan: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Minnesota: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Mississippi: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Missouri: Unable to find
Montana: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Nebraska: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Nevada: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
New Hampshire: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
New Jersey: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
New Mexico: Molina Medicaid Preferred Drug List
New Mexico: Blue Cross Medicaid Preferred Drug List
New Mexico: Presbyterian Health Medicaid Preferred Drug List
New Mexico, UnitedHealthCare Medicaid Preferred Drug List
New York: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
North Carolina: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
North Dakota: Unable to find
Ohio: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Oklahoma: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Oregon: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Pennsylvania MA: Medicaid/MA Preferred Drug List
Pennsylvania PACE/PaceNet:  Unable to find
Puerto Rico:  Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Rhode Island: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Medicaid Covered OTCs List
South Carolina: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
South Dakota: Unable to find
Tennessee/Tenncare: Medicaid Covered OTCs List
Texas: Medicaid Formulary Search
Utah: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Vermont: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Virginia: Medicaid Formularies
Washington State/Apple Health: Preferred Drug List
West Virginia: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Wisconsin: Medicaid Preferred Drug List
Wyoming: Medicaid Preferred Drug List


Patients on SNPs (Special Needs Plans):

SNPs are plans that contract with Medicare to provide services for patients in specific categories, such as dual eligible patients or people with certain chronic health conditions.

Many SNP plans offer "OTC cards", which patients can use to buy a wide variety of products in the pharmacy, up to a certain amount of money per month or year.

For example, here is an SNP in New York that offers up to $75 per month for patients to spend on OTCs at the pharmacy. If Medicare/Medicaid is not paying for an OTC, this may be another way for the patient to afford it.

What's Next?

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