Does Medicare Cover Compression Stockings?

Medicare typically does not cover compression stockings. Medicare only covers specific types of compression stockings for treatment of an open venous stasis ulcer.

Some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans may cover compression stockings for a wider variety of conditions, though they are not required to cover them.

Learn more about your Medicare coverage options.

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Are compression garments covered by Medicare?

Original Medicare typically only covers compression socks if they are used for an open venous ulcer. If your compression socks meet the criteria to be covered, Medicare Part B medical insurance will help cover the costs.

Compression socks can be used in a variety of conditions to improve circulation to the legs. People use compression socks to help treat the effects of a number of conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Blood clots
  • Varicose veins
  • Lymphedema (swelling in the arms or legs)

If your compression socks are not covered under Original Medicare, you may be responsible for 100 percent of the costs.

How much do compression socks cost with Medicare?

If your compression socks or other compression device is covered by Medicare Part B, you may be responsible for certain out of pocket costs, such as:

  • Medicare Part B deductible
    The Medicare Part B deductible is $185 per year in 2019. You must meet this deductible before your Part B coverage kicks in.

  • Medicare Part B coinsurance
    After you meet your Part B deductible, you are typically responsible for paying a 20 percent coinsurance for the Medicare-approved amount for your compression stockings.

We recommend speaking with your doctor directly for specific cost and coverage information.

Medicare Advantage plans may offer additional benefits

Medicare Advantage plans are sold by private insurance companies as an alternative to Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) and cover everything that Original Medicare covers.

Some Medicare Advantage plans also offer additional benefits, such as:

If your compression socks are covered by Original Medicare, they will also be covered by a Medicare Advantage plan.

To learn more about Medicare Advantage plans in your area and the benefits they may offer, call to speak with a licensed insurance agent to find out if you’re eligible to enroll.

 

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