Does Medicare Cover Prosthetics?

Medicare Part B typically covers certain prosthetics when ordered by a doctor. Medicare Advantage plans may also cover medically necessary prosthetics. Learn more about your Medicare coverage options.

Medicare Part B may cover prosthetic devices needed to replace a body part or function when a doctor orders the prostheses.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans also cover medically necessary prosthetics.

Medicare Advantage plans also include an annual out-of-pocket spending limit. Original Medicare doesn’t include any such spending limit.

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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:

  • Urological supplies
  • Ostomy bags
  • 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 2022, the Part B deductible is $233 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: $1,556 per benefit period in 2022

  • Part A coinsurance:
    • Days 1-60 spent in the hospital: $0 coinsurance for each benefit period
    • Days 61-90: $389 coinsurance per day of each benefit period in 2020
    • Days 91 and beyond: $778 coinsurance per each lifetime reserve day after day 90 for each benefit period in 2020
    • 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.

In addition to the standard Part A and Part B benefits, most Medicare Advantage plans cover prescription drugs. Some Medicare Advantage plans may also offer additional benefits such as routine dental, vision and hearing coverage.

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.

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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.

If you’re a member of the media looking to connect with Christian, please don’t hesitate to email our public relations team at Mike@tzhealthmedia.com.

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