By Brittany Laws
Do you need a power wheelchair? Do you have Medicare? Do you know that Medicare will cover a power wheelchair? It’s true. Medicare will pay up to 80% of the cost of a power wheelchair for you. And, if you have Medicaid or a Medicare supplement your power wheelchair could be covered at 100%. That is great news! Maybe you are just now 65 and receiving Medicare benefits for the first time, or you have been a Medicare beneficiary for a while and just now need a power wheelchair and are curious about the benefits. Either way we can help you.
Medicare part B will pay for multiple DME (durable medical equipment) items, among them is a power wheelchair. You must be eligible for Medicare part B to take advantage of this benefit. At the first of the calendar year you’ll have deductible that must be met prior to the insurance coving at the allotted 80%. Deductibles are met by paying co-pays on doctor visits, or other small medical cost, it’s a reasonable amount, under $200 that is usually met by most beneficiaries by mid-march. Should you qualify and obtain your power wheelchair before your deductible is met, you will only pay up until you do meet the deductible, then Medicare will pickup and start covering 80% of the total cost.
For Medicare to cover a power wheelchair there are a few guidelines that must be met. Your doctor will be familiar with them and should be able to provide the information needed. However, you will need to schedule a mobility evaluation with your doctor so that your limitations can be properly assessed and documented.
So rather you are new to Medicare or just now looking to obtain a power wheelchair, let use help you. We have highly trained mobility representatives that can assist you through the whole process, including taking care of everything with Medicare. So all you need to do is schedule your mobility appointment, and we’ll even help you with that too. Click here on our Qualify through insurance form. Still a little confused, that’s ok, give us a call at 888-345-1780 so we can clear up and unanswered questions you may have.