Does Medicare cover prosthetic eyes or prosthetic legs?
Medicare Part B (medical insurance) will cover prosthetic eyes if your doctor orders one due to an injury or surgical procedure.
Prosthetic legs are also covered by Medicare Part B if ordered by your doctor.
Some other types of prosthetic devices that Medicare Part B may cover include:
Breast prostheses, including a surgical bra
One pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses provided after a cataract operation
Some surgically implanted prosthetic devices, including cochlear implants
How much does Medicare pay for prosthetics?
You typically pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for external prosthetic devices once you meet your Part B deductible.
In 2024, the Part B deductible is $240 per year.
For your prosthetics to be covered, you must go to a supplier who is enrolled in the Medicare program.
If you require a surgically implanted prosthetic device and the surgery takes place in a hospital or other inpatient setting, your hospital costs may be covered by Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) rather than Medicare Part B.
If hospital costs related to your prosthetic device surgery are covered by Part A, your potential out-of-pocket costs may include:
Part A deductible: $1,632 per benefit period in 2024
Part A coinsurance:
Days 1-60 spent in the hospital: $0 coinsurance for each benefit period
Days 61-90: $408 coinsurance per day of each benefit period in 2024
Days 91 and beyond: $816 coinsurance per each lifetime reserve day after day 90 for each benefit period in 2024
Beyond lifetime reserve days: you pay all costs
Medicare Advantage plans can cover prosthetic devices
Medicare Advantage plans are sold by private insurance companies as an alternative to your Part A and Part B coverage. Every Medicare Advantage plan must cover the same services that Original Medicare covers, which means these plans will cover prosthetic devices under the same terms. Medicare Advantage plans can also cover benefits not found in Original Medicare.
If you have Original Medicare and only want to add prescription drug coverage through a Medicare Part D plan, you can compare Part D plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online in as little as 10 minutes when you visit MyRxPlans.com.1
A licensed insurance agent can help you compare Medicare Advantage plans available where in your area. They can help you find out how your prosthetics may be covered by Medicare Advantage plans where you live.
Or call 1-800-557-60591-800-557-6059TTY Users: 711 24/7 to speak with a licensed insurance agent.
About the author
Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with MedicareAdvantage.com. 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.
Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.
Christian has written hundreds of articles for MedicareAvantage.com that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.
Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.
A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
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1 10-minute claim is based solely on the time to complete the e-application if you have your Medicare card and other pertinent information available when you apply. The time to shop for plans, compare rates, and estimate drug costs is not factored into the claim. Application time could be longer. Actual time to enroll will depend on the consumer and their plan comparison needs.
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