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Mobility

Wheelchairs (both manual and power), scooters, canes, and walkers are all examples of Mobility Assistive Equipment (MAE).

Medicare Coverage

Remember, you must have a medical need for Medicare to cover a power wheelchair or scooter. Medicare won’t cover this equipment if it will be used mainly for leisure or recreational activities.

Medicare will help cover any of the types listed below. Generally, Medicare will pay 80% of the Medicare-approved amount, after you have met the Part B deductible then you pay 20%.

Manual Wheelchair

If you can't use a cane or walker safely, you may qualify for a manual wheelchair. The manual wheelchair you choose can't be a high strength, ultra-lightweight wheelchair that you could buy without renting first.

Rolling Chair/Geri-chair

If you need more support than a wheelchair can give, you may qualify for a rolling chair. These chairs have small wheels that are at least 5 inches in diameter. The rolling chair must be designed to meet your medical needs due to illness or other impairment.

Power-Operated Vehicle/Scooter

If you can't use a cane or walker, or can't operate a manual wheelchair, you may qualify for a power-operated scooter.

Power Wheelchair

If you can't use a manual wheelchair in your home, or if you don't qualify for a power-operated scooter because you aren’t strong enough to sit up or to work the scooter controls safely, you may qualify for a power wheelchair.