Medicare Coverage of Home Improvement

What It Is

Home improvement, such as the addition of ramps, banisters, and safety bars to improve patient safety

What's Covered

Medicare Part B covers a number of different types of medical equipment to assist patients in moving around their homes safely and comfortably. But Medicare Part B doesn't cover actual physical changes to a home.

If you have a Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage plan: Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage plans, also called Medicare Advantage plans, must cover everything that's included in original Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. But sometimes a Part C plan covers more, with extra services or an expanded amount of coverage. (Co-payments for Part C plans may also be different than those for Part A or Part B.) To find out whether your plan provides extra coverage or requires different co-payments for home improvement, contact the plan directly.

What Medicare Pays

Medicare Part B doesn't pay for physical changes to a home.

Important: Regardless of the rules regarding any particular type of care, in order for Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, or a Medicare Part C plan to provide coverage, the care must meet two basic requirements:

  • The care must be "medically necessary." This means that it must be ordered or prescribed by a licensed physician or other authorized medical provider, and that Medicare (or a Medicare Part C plan) agrees that the care is necessary and proper. For help getting your care covered, see FAQ: How Can I Increase the Odds That Medicare Will Cover My Medical Service?

  • The care must be performed or delivered by a healthcare provider who participates in Medicare.

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Anonymous said about 1 year ago

what about medicare supplement "F". Need help with stairs. any financial assistance available?

about 2 years ago

i need help fixing up the house i live in. i am disabled and my ex-wife is also disabled we realized we had to live together because of our disableaties and finacial situation. we got some weatherization help 2 or 3 yrs ago, and they did not complete it and the work was very shoddy. we felt that the work was handled by a sub standart company.we could never get a company name or who to call to get the work done right. it was not even close to what the contract called for. we tried to call the agency that handled the contract and got no responce.we had very shody work and no one to turn to. the doors were never replaced or widend so we could get either one of our wheelchairs down the hall or a way to get out the front door to our ramp. we terribly need to get the house in shape where we can live out our lives here.any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you for your time and help conrad skaggs this is medically needed work as we are both wheelchair bound and cannot use the chairs as the house is now. we do really appreciate the work that was done but we were really disappointed they way they left it. we really need some help. thanks again

over 2 years ago

i think this would be very helpful. i need to have <a href="">Home Improvements</a> for i need to do some renovations also..

about 3 years ago

May be help for my mom in getting her bathroom improvements.

over 4 years ago

Confusing but Helpful

over 4 years ago



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