While Medicare will cover 80% of the cost of home medical equipment if a doctor determines it is necessary, their definition of "medical" is sometimes peculiar. While by no means exhaustive, here is a list of the items most often used by patients at home that Medicare will cover:
This summary is by no means a guarantee that Medicare will cover the equipment you need. The rules change all the time. Be sure to ask the company providing your equipment before they
deliver, as they are almost always ahead of everyone else in knowing the latest rules and regulations.
If a patient has traditional Medicare and a supplemental plan, the supplement will almost always cover the 20% of costs not covered by Medicare. If you are receiving equipment covered by Medicare, be sure that the equipment supplier has all of the patient's secondary insurance information.
Patients covered by Medicare Advantage plans will have to check with their individual insurance carrier about any coverge restrictions, deductibles and co-pay amounts.