This is a general requirement imposed by almost all insurance companies. It applies to Medicare, but also to Blue Cross and Blue Shield private plans. It is a problem. and I understand the frustration. But, if you wish to be angry direct that anger at the proper place. Namely the gray market sales on places like Ebay. Where it is found that folks generally will get a high number of strips not for their own purpose but to resell. It has become an epidemic and unfortunately those of us who use a large number of test strips (I also use 300 per month) are caught in the cross hairs.
To add injury to insult, someone has posted signs around my town offering to purchase test strips 'no questions asked'. The market is very lucrative, if someone is paying for your strips and it is simply a way to reduce abuse.
I am very angry about it, but, I am angry at the marketers of the second hand strips not the companies and federal government who impose limits. Imagine this story were on 20/20 Government pays for hundreds of thousands of test strips which are resold on the gray market and does nothing about it. If that occurred, then most people would say they need to do something about it and the 'government is incompetent, they waste money’ We can’t have it both ways. If we wish the government and insurance to be efficient we have to know that sometimes achieving better efficiency will cause us to be inconvenienced
Again I don't like it either. But when I lash out, I go for those responsible.