If you are in an original Medicare program, also known as Medicare Part B, you are entitled to 80 percent coverage of most medical equipment and supplies. You may be wondering what sort of items are included and whether the ones you depend on are on that list. These items include, but are not limited to wheelchairs, artificial limbs, pacemakers, commode chairs, hospital beds, appliances to aid breathing, neck and back braces, oxygen supplies, and more.
To qualify for Medicare coverage, the equipment guidelines are as follows:
- Medically necessary for the insured
- Prescribed by a primary care professional
- Reusable and durable
- Applicable for in-home use
There are a few other things to note about medical equipment – one being that most of it is often rented, you must get it from an approved Medicare supplier, and Medicare does not cover disposable items.
Want full coverage of medical supplies and equipment? Additional insurance, like Medigap, covers those costs. Health Plans of America can help connect you with a licensed Medicare specialist who will help you make informed decisions about your medicare.