Will Medicare pay for a lift chair? Maybe. Here’s how it works.

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the good news is that Medicare Part B The seat in a lift chair may cover the lift mechanism that the doctor prescribes for use in your home. The bad news is that you will have to pay full price for the upholstered chair.

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A lift chair, which usually includes a motorized seat lift, can be a great help to anyone who is unable to stand safely from sitting but without a wheelchair or scooter to get around their home. could. By lowering you from a standing to a sitting position and helping you get your feet up again, a lift chair can help you maintain some degree of mobility and independence.

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There are a number of conditions you must meet in order to receive coverage for a seat lift.
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To ensure coverage, your doctor and your supplier of durable medical equipment must submit orders and documents that meet Medicare requirements. The seat lift mechanism will only be covered if your doctor and equipment supplier are enrolled in Medicare.

A lift chair has a motorized seat lift.

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Medicare will decide whether to cover the lift mechanism in your chair based on your doctor’s answers to these questions:

You will be denied coverage for a lift chair if you live in a nursing home or other residential health care facility.

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what do you pay for a lift chair

You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for mobility equipment after you pay your Part B deductible, which is $203 in 2021. Medicare pays the rest. But the chair itself, which you’ll have to pay for, is likely to cost more than the seat lift mechanism.

if you have Medicare AdvantageYou can pay less. Contact the plan to learn about costs and which equipment suppliers you are authorized to use.

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Depending on the seat lift mechanism, you may need to rent it or buy it, or you may have a choice.

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John Rosheim writes for NerdWallet. Email: [email protected]


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