When it comes to mobility-assistive equipment, Medicare has established clear guidelines to help you determine whether you can obtain coverage for a power scooter or chair. If you think one of these devices would improve your mobility, there are some important things you should know.
Talk to your doctor
To receive Medicare benefits for a power scooter or chair, you need to be seen by your doctor. Your doctor must provide written documentation as to your medical need for the equipment. Evidence of medical need must include the following:
- A health condition that makes moving inside and outside your home difficult.
- An inability to complete daily activities like dressing, going to the bathroom or getting in and out of a chair without assistance from a cane, crutch or walker.
The doctor must also document your ability to operate a power scooter or chair safely inside your home and verify that you have on-site assistance if needed. Medicare does not provide benefits for mobility-assistive equipment that would be used primarily for recreation or solely to improve mobility outside the home.
Find a reputable supplier
Once your doctor’s order is approved, Medicare will usually cover 80 percent of the cost of your chair or scooter, assuming you have already met your Medicare Part B deductible. To receive these benefits, however, you must select a reputable supplier for your equipment. The supplier must be enrolled in the Medicare program and have a Medicare supplier number — otherwise Medicare will decline coverage.
Choose your supplier carefully. Select an established business in your community with a reputation for quality customer service.
Still have questions? The team of professionals at Power Mobility and Lifts is here to help. We can help you determine which Medicare benefits may be available to you, and we can help you select the power scooter or chair to best meet your needs. Contact us for more expert advice.
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