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We cover your yearly Retinal (Eye) Exam for diabetes management

A yearly exam that helps keep you healthy when you have diabetes is your retinal (eye) exam. This exam catches vision problems early, including issues that could cause blindness.

This is different than an exam for eyeglasses, but you do have to visit an eye doctor.

Call an eye doctor today to make your appointment! Find an eye doctor near you using our Find a Provider Tool. Need help? Call Member Services at 1-866-595-8133 (TTY: 711) to let us help you schedule an appointment.

Earn rewards

Once you have completed your Eye Exam, complete two more free exams for your health to earn a $50 My Health Pays® reward!

Caring for your health pays off. Members with diabetes, who are age 18-75 are eligible for the $50 My Health Pays® reward once they have completed their retinal (eye) exam, their HbA1c test, and their kidney screening all within one calendar year (12 months).

HbA1c Test

Get your HbA1c test to monitor your diabetes and help reduce the risk of complications. This is a blood test that measures your body’s average blood sugar. It is different from your glucose test. Some people need this test more often than once a year. Please check with your doctor.

Kidney Screening

Detect kidney disease or damage early with this urine test. Kidney damage may occur 5-10 years before you have any symptoms. If you have kidney damage, you may need dialysis.

Remember, you can always call us at 1-866-595-8133 (TTY: 711) for help scheduling any of these tests. As you complete each health screening, your provider will submit a claim to us. After we receive the claim for the third screening in the calendar year, the reward will be added to your rewards card.

Visit our My Health Pays® rewards webpage to learn more about how you can use your My Health Pays® rewards.

More resources and programs to help manage diabetes 

The Louisiana Medicaid Single Preferred Drug List (Fee For Service and Managed Care Organizations) is a list of drugs Louisiana Medicaid members can use if prescribed. The PDL also lists diabetic supplies that are covered with a prescription. These include certain meters, test strips, pen needles, lancets, syringes, and insulin pumps.

You can view the Louisiana Medicaid Single PDL (Fee For Service and Managed Care Organizations) (PDF) online. For a printed copy of the PDL, call Magellan Medicaid Administration, Louisiana Medicaid’s Pharmacy Benefits Manager, at 1-800-424-1664 (TTY: 711).

It can be hard to know what you need and how to get it, so we have Care Managers. They give our members one-on-one help with things like finding a doctor, making appointments, or creating a personal care plan. They also can help with housing, food, or job needs. Even if you just need someone to talk to, our Case Management team can help. For more information, call Member Services at 1-866-595-8133 (TTY: 711) to learn how to get your own personal helper.

Don’t forget to bring your blood sugar log and glucose meter with you to all your appointments. Your glucose meter will come at no cost to you. In your log, you can also keep track of other important numbers like your weight and cholesterol levels. You can bring your log to future appointments and track your progress. You can print the log here.

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center has created a Diabetes Clinic program to help prevent type 2 diabetes in people diagnosed with pre-diabetes. This program can also help reverse type 2 diabetes in those who have already been diagnosed.

You can expect to develop long-term lifestyle changes that will help you lose weight and improve your overall health. While on the program, you will continue to receive your regular care from your primary care doctor. The Diabetes Clinic was designed to be an addition to the care you already receive.

Ready to apply? You can apply online at www.penningtondiabetesclinic.com. You can also call to get more information or apply by phone at 225-763-2789. Questions can also be emailed to diabetesclinic@pbrc.edu.

Part of being healthy is having the resources you need when you need them. We know questions can slip your mind when you’re at the doctor’s office, here you can now search for information any time you want.

Below are links to a few HealthSheets™ specific to diabetes that you may find helpful. You can always find more information at our Krames Online member health resource site.