Medicare Part B may cover lift chairs and other durable medical equipment if they are considered medically necessary by your doctor and if you meet certain criteria.
There are two main parts to a lift chair: the chair itself and the mechanical component that raises and lowers the seat. Medicare 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.
IMPORTANT: Medicare only covers durable medical equipment (DME) if your doctor and your DME supplier participate in Medicare.
If your lift chair is covered by Medicare Part B, you will typically pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and Medicare will pay 80%.
You must meet your Medicare Part B deductible (which is $185 in 2019) before Medicare will begin paying its share for covered services.
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.
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