Overview of Medicare Coverage
Buprenorphine treatment costs are typically not covered by Medicare unless the treatment is provided in an inpatient or outpatient treatment center. It may also be covered in some instances, such as during detoxification or early stage stabilization. However, the Medicare benefit does not usually cover typical office-based buprenorphine induction or maintenance treatment visits.
In some instances, Medicare Part D may cover the cost of the buprenorphine tablets themselves. Only some Medicare providers will reimburse (including Healthnet Orange, Silverscript, and Wellcare) and prior authorization is usually required.
Learn more about Medicare coverage for buprenorphine treatment by searching the online Formulary Finder for Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Prescription Drug Plans. Note: search under "Suboxone®" in these guides.