Purchasing a lift chair can make life much easier if you have a health condition such as arthritis that makes it hard to get up from a seated position. You and your family members may very well think of a lift chair as medical equipment, as well as a piece of furniture. After all, it’s necessary for your health and safety. And Medicare agrees with you — partly. Although many durable medical-equipment items are fully covered under Medicare, lift chairs are only partially covered. Generally, only the lift mechanism is covered, and coverage is limited to less than $300.
To qualify for even partial coverage you must:
- Have severe arthritis or a neuromuscular disorder that restricts your movement.
- Have a prescription from a doctor who says the lift chair is necessary to prevent your condition from worsening. You must be incapable of getting up from a regular armchair.
- Be able to walk once you’re out of the chair.
Keep this partial coverage in mind when you’re shopping for a lift chair. In addition, some limitations and restrictions apply.
1) You must choose a chair with an electrical lifting mechanism: Some models still have spring-lift mechanisms, which are very unstable and even dangerous. Medicare does not cover these lift chairs. Medicare does cover lift chairs with built-in electrical lifting systems. This type of mechanism provides greater stability and higher reliability.
2) Your supplier should meet all Medicare requirements: All suppliers must have Medicare-approved accreditation and surety bonds. If you purchase a lift chair from the supplier who is not Medicare approved, you may not be reimbursed.
Still looking for more information about lift chairs? At Power Mobility and Lifts, our highly trained and experienced technicians help customers throughout Arizona. We are thoroughly knowledgeable when it comes to Medicare coverage, and we have an extensive line of equipment to meet your mobility needs. Give us a call. We’re happy to help.