As part of our ongoing series, we examine the frequently asked question of whether or not the Medicare program offers wheelchair coverage.
Yes, Original Medicare does cover access to wheelchairs. This is covered by Medicare Part B as wheelchairs fall beneath the umbrella of durable medical equipment (DME). Your doctor must prescribe wheelchair use in your home in order for it to be covered. Medicare wheelchair coverage includes both manual and power wheelchairs.
Part B insurance also covers the use of power-operated scooters in much the same manner for beneficiaries who can’t use a cane or walker and can’t operate a manual wheelchair. If there’s a medically necessary reason to have one and it’s prescribed by your doctor, a power-operated vehicle or scooter will be covered under Medicare Part B.