Does Medicare Pay for Walkers?

Medicare does cover walkers and wheelchairs, as long as you meet certain requirements. Walkers are categorized as durable medical equipment (DME), which is typically covered by Medicare Part B.

Learn more about Medicare coverage for walkers and other mobility devices, as well as some of the costs you may expect to pay.

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When does Medicare cover walkers?

In order for Medicare to cover your walker, three requirements must be met:

  • The walker must be considered medically necessary
    Medical equipment is considered to be medically necessary by Medicare if the items are “needed to diagnose or treat an illness, injury, condition, disease, or its symptoms.” This determination must be made by a qualified health care provider.

  • The walker must be prescribed by a doctor
    As with prescription medication, a walker must be prescribed to you by a doctor in order for it to qualify for coverage by Medicare.

  • The doctor and the walker supplier must accept Medicare assignment
    In order for a walker to be covered by Medicare, both the doctor writing the prescription and the supplier that is providing the walker must accept Medicare assignment.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be required to rent or buy the walker.

How much does a walker cost with Medicare?

Even though Medicare provides coverage for walkers, you may still be responsible for some out-of-pocket costs.

First, you typically have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which provides medical insurance coverage for walkers, wheelchairs and some other assistive devices, such as lift chairs. In 2019, the standard Part B premium is $135.50 per month, but it can cost more for higher income earners.

You will then have to satisfy the annual Part B deductible ($185 in 2019) before your Medicare coverage of the walker will take effect.

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.

Medicare Advantage plans can also cover walkers

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.

Learn more about Medicare Advantage plans that may be available in your area and compare plans to find the right fit for your needs.

To find a Medicare Advantage plan near you that may pay for walkers, speak with a licensed insurance agent by calling TTY Users: 711 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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