Does Medicare Cover Grab Bars?

Original Medicare (Medicare Parts A and B) doesn’t cover bathroom grab bars or other bathroom safety devices. Medicare Advantage plans can cover bathroom safety devices, but only in limited situations and only for beneficiaries who qualify.

Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) does not provide coverage for bathroom safety devices such as grab bars.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans can cover benefits Original Medicare doesn’t offer, but Medicare Advantage plans that cover grab bars may not be available where you live and are typically offered to beneficiaries who also have Medicaid or who have a qualifying chronic health condition.

A licensed insurance agent can help you compare plan benefits available where you live, including the eligibility requirements for benefits like grab bars, if they’re available.

22% of 2024 Medicare Advantage plans cover bathroom safety devices, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.1

What durable medical equipment is covered by Medicare Part B?

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does not typically cover grab bars, as they are not considered durable medical equipment (DME).

Durable medical equipment (which can include things like walkers, canes and commode chairs) is typically covered by Medicare Part B, as long as it is considered medically necessary by a doctor.

To be considered durable medical equipment, an item must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be used in your home
  • It must be used for a medical reason
  • It must be able to withstand repeated use
  • It must have an expected lifetime of at least three years

It is also important to find out if your DME suppliers accept Medicare assignment, which could affect how much you end up paying out of pocket for your DME.

What are examples of durable medical equipment Medicare covers?

Some examples of durable medical equipment covered by Part B include:

  • Blood sugar monitors
  • Hospital beds
  • Commode chairs
  • Crutches
  • Nebulizers and nebulizer medications
  • Oxygen equipment
  • Manual wheelchairs and powered mobility devices
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines and other devices to treat sleep apnea

You can find more examples of Medicare-covered durable medical equipment at, the official website of the Medicare program.

How do I look for a Medicare Advantage plan that covers grab bars?

To learn more about Medicare Advantage plans in your area, you can speak with a licensed insurance agent. Find out more about the benefits available where you live, such as whether any plans in your area cover grab bars and whether you are eligible for those benefits.

Find a Medicare Advantage plan that may cover grab bars.

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About the author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

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1 Freed M, et al. (Nov. 15, 2023). Medicare Advantage 2024 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation.