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Medicare coverage and mobility equipment

by Michael Derosie-Drye A.T.P.
| November 10, 2010 8:00 PM

As many people age, or become disabled, most are left in the dark on what their insurance coverage is for items that are pivotal in their independence. Some may not even attempt to go down the maze of Medicare and never have the gift of mobility back in their life.

Medicare and similar insurance like it, typically cover 80 percent of the cost of most durable medical equipment such as: Power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Most individuals hold a secondary policy or a form of Medicaid that will cover the Medicare part B co-pay. Some may think it's impossible to get such an expensive items covered, but once you learn the requirements you might change your mind.

The qualifications for Medicare are as follows, anyone that has an inability to perform their mobility related activities of daily living in their home, such as, toileting, feeding, dressing, preparing meals, light housekeeping, and ambulating from room to room. These activities need to be done safely and also in a timely manner.

Their Medicare will want to know what type of equipment will solve your deficit. Will a cane suffice, if not, why, then walker, manual wheelchair, finally a power wheelchair. This of course needs to be approved by your physician, and also needs to documented in an official chat note from your face to face evaluation with your physician.

Mobility equipment is a wonderful tool to help complete your (or your loved ones) mobility related activities of daily living.

If you are interested in finding out more about you may qualify or have any other questions, please feel free to contact American Seating & Mobility at (877) 339-1234.

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