Does Medicare Cover Lift Chairs?

Are lift chairs covered under Medicare?

Yes, Medicare Part B will typically cover 80% of the cost of a seat-lift mechanism chair, if they are considered medically necessary by your doctor and you meet certain criteria. Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) plans may also cover lift chairs, along with additional durable medical equipment.

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Who is eligible for a lift chair from Medicare?

There are two main parts to a lift chair: the chair itself and the mechanical component that raises and lowers the seat. Medicare Part B only helps pay for the mechanical component, not the chair itself.

Below is a list of the requirements you must meet for Medicare to cover your lift chair.

  • You must have severe arthritis or a severe neuromuscular disease in your knee or hip.
  • You must be unable to stand up from a regular chair without assistance.
  • The lift chair lift should be included in your treatment plan from your doctor and must be prescribed to improve your current condition or to stop it from getting worse.
  • You can use the assistance of a walker or cane, but you do not use a wheelchair or scooter.
  • Your doctor must be either the attending or consulting physician for the treatment of the condition.

IMPORTANT: Medicare only covers durable medical equipment (DME) if your doctor and your DME supplier participate in Medicare.

How much do lift chairs cost with Medicare?

If your lift chair is covered by Medicare Part B, you will typically pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount, and Medicare will pay 80 percent.

You must meet your Medicare Part B deductible (which is $198 in 2020) before Medicare will begin paying its share for covered services.

Medicare Advantage plans help pay for lift chairs

You have options when it comes to your Medicare coverage. Depending on where you live, you may be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.

If your lift chair would be covered by Medicare Part B, it is also covered by Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C).

Medicare Advantage plans provide the same hospital and medical benefits as Original Medicare, and some plans may offer benefits that aren’t included with Original Medicare, such as coverage for prescription drugs, vision and dental care.

To learn more about Medicare Advantage plans and to find plans in your area, call a licensed insurance agent today or compare plans online.

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