Medicare's Wheelchair and Scooter Benefit

Revised April 2014

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers power-operated vehicles (scooters), walkers, and wheelchairs as durable medical equipment (DME). 

Medicare helps cover DME if:

-  The doctor treating your condition submits a written order stating that you have a medical need for a wheelchair or scooter for use in your home.  The order must be within 45 days, so don't delay if your doctor suggests that you get a wheelchair or a mobility scooter.

-  You have limited mobility and meet all of these conditions:

  • You have a health condition that causes significant difficulty moving around in your home.
  • You’re unable to do activities of daily living (like bathing, dressing, getting in or out of a bed or chair, or using the bathroom), even with the help of a cane, crutch, or walker. 
  • You’re able to safely operate and get on and off the wheelchair or scooter, or have someone with you who’s available to help you safely use the device.
  • Your doctor who’s treating you for the condition that requires a wheelchair or scooter and your supplier are both enrolled in Medicare.
  • The equipment must be usable within your home (for example, it’s not too big to fit through doorways in your home or blocked by floor surfaces).

Generally, Medicare will pay 80% of the Medicare-approved amount, after you’ve met the Part B deductible. You’ll pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount.

If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), you must contact your plan to find out about costs and which DME supplier(s) you can use.

Note:  While we strive to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information for our customers, it is always best to consult with your doctor and have us check with your insurance company before making a commitment to purchasing or renting a product.