Yes, Medicare does cover walkers and other similar durable medical equipment (DME,) which is covered under Medicare Part B. You'll need to meet certain requirements, however.
Learn more about Medicare coverage for walkers and other mobility devices, as well as some of the costs you may expect to pay.
Medicare will pay for any walker that is supplied by a provider who participates in Medicare, provided you meet the qualifications for coverage (see below).
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In order for Medicare to cover your walker, three requirements must be met:
Depending on the circumstances, you may be required to rent or buy the walker.
If you qualify for Medicare coverage of your walker, Medicare will pay for the purchase or rental of your walker and will also pay to replace it anytime it is lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair in an accident or natural disaster.
Medicare will also pay for the repair or replacement of a walker if it is worn from everyday use and has been in your possession for the duration of its lifetime.
Even though Medicare provides coverage for walkers, you may still be responsible for some out-of-pocket costs.
If you have already met your Part B deductible, you will typically be responsible for 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for the cost of the walker.
A walker has four posts for legs and must be picked up and moved with each step. A rollator has wheels on the bottom of the legs and may be rolled along as the user walks.
Medicare will cover rollators as long as they're considered medically necessary, they're prescribed by a doctor and the doctor and supplier both accept Medicare assignment.
Rollators are considered to be durable medical equipment just like walkers.
The UpWalker is a walker that supports the upper body and allows the user to maintain proper posture.
The UpWalker is sold as a cash-pay product, and the supplier is not enrolled in Medicare. Therefore, Medicare will not cover the UpWalker.
Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) provide the same coverage for walkers as Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B). Many Medicare Advantage plans may also offer additional benefits, such as prescription drug coverage and vision and dental benefits.
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