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Does Medicare Part B Cover Motorized Scooters?

June 17, 2016

A motorized scooter might qualify for Medicare Part B coverage if all of the following apply:1

  • Nurse and senior patientsThe beneficiary has had a mobility examination by a physician and the physician has written a valid doctor's prescription.
  • It is a reasonable and necessary mobility solution.
  • Its primary use is for activities of daily living inside the home.
  • Other mobility products such as a cane, walker or manual wheelchair will not resolve the beneficiary's mobility limitations.

Motorized Scooters: What to Consider

Before you decide to apply for Medicare Part B coverage of a mobility scooter or power chair, you'll want to determine which mobility solution is best for your particular needs - a mobility scooter or a power wheelchair?

Steering and Handling Ability
Electric mobility scooters are steered by handlebars and operated through controls located on the vehicle's tiller. This type of set up works well for an individual with enough upper body strength, arm reach and range of motion to manage the power scooter safely. For others, a power chair might be a better solution. Depending on your circumstances, Medicare could approve either option.

Maneuverability and Turning Radius 
Since a Medicare-covered mobility scooter is used primarily for getting around indoors, the home environment must provide adequate space to accommodate the power scooter's wide turning radius. For this reason, scooters are best used outdoors.

Therapeutic Seating and Adaptable Comfort
Unlike electric wheelchairs, motorized scooters lack customizable, therapeutic seating. Most scooter components may only be adjusted slightly, if at all. With a Medicare-covered power chair, these personal adaptations are more easily made and could be necessary if there is a change in the user's condition.

Are You Making the Right Mobility Choice?

If you have questions about finding the right mobility scooter or power wheelchair for your particular needs, call us to talk to a Hoveround Mobility Specialist or learn more about how to choose the right personal mobility device. Hoveround offers a complete selection of maneuverable power chairs, stylish mobility scooters and other products to fulfill a variety of personal mobility needs, and we're here to help you navigate the sometimes confusing Medicare requirements for Part B to cover a mobility scooter or power wheelchair.

1Insurance coverage depends on medical necessity as determined by insurer. Valid doctor's prescription required.
Hoveround currently does not take Medicare assignment on electric scooters and most other DME companies also do not accept Medicare assignment on scooters.
Find more information about Medicare's benefit for power scooters and power wheelchairs by visiting Medicare.gov.

This article is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional medical advice.

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