Does Medicare Cover Lift Chairs?
When it comes to Medicare, direct medical treatments and prescriptions aren’t the only things that are covered. Medicare can also pay for medical equipment that is deemed necessary to help you move around at home. If you’re in the market for a lift chair and have Medicare Part B, you’re in luck. Part B may cover some of the costs of the lift mechanism in lift chairs.
What Are Lift Chairs?
The goal of a lift chair is to lift! (Bet you could’ve guessed that one.) Lift chairs help lift a sitting person to their feet. A lifting mechanism supporting the bottom of the chair makes this possible, powerfully pushing the the chair higher to help the person sitting to move to a standing position. This allows someone with a disability or limited mobility to sit and get up from a chair more comfortably and without the help of anyone else.
What Are the Requirements for Medicare Lift Chair Coverage?
Before anything else, you need to have Medicare Part B in order for Medicare to cover lift chairs. The lifting mechanism supporting the chairs (which fall under “patient lifts” in Medicare lingo) is covered as durable medical equipment (more Medicare lingo) under Medicare Part B. The chair itself is not covered.
If you have Medicare Part B, your doctor must prescribe a lift chair to you in order for it to be covered. Once your doctor gives you the OK, he or she will fill out the medical forms necessary for a “Certificate of Medical Necessity” from Medicare. This certificate is basically a detailed prescription required by Medicare that proves that you medically need the lift chair.
You’ll also need to find a lift chair supplier that accepts Medicare. We’ll discuss the easiest way to do this later in the article.
How Much is Covered By Part B?
Now we get to the fun part of Medicare – learning how much money you can save! As long as you meet the requirements above, you will only have to pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the lift mechanism, according to The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare. Medicare will reimburse you for around 80% of the Medicare-approved amount. The reimbursement amount is typically between $250 to $300 depending on the state, according to SpinLife. Remember, Medicare only covers the lift mechanism that raises the chair, not the chair itself.
A Medigap plan may eliminate your responsibility for the remaining 20% of the lift chair mechanism altogether, depending on the plan you choose. Learn more about Medigap plans here or give us a call at 855-802-1206 to find out how you could be saving even more money on lift chairs with Medicare supplement plans. Our licensed agents are available to speak with you from 6am to 7pm MT, Monday to Friday and 7am to 5pm MT on Saturday. We are closed on Sunday.
How to Find a Lift Chair Supplier Who Accepts Medicare
Thankfully, the official Medicare website makes finding a lift chair supplier who accepts Medicare easy. Just enter your zip code in the specified box on the “Find a Supplier” page and you will be able to find lift chair suppliers who accept Medicare payment near you.
As you can see, Medicare covers almost the entire cost of the lift mechanism in a lift chair, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars. Even better, you might not even have to pay anything when you combine Medicare with Medigap.