Medicare Coverage of Walkers

What It Is

Rental or purchase of walker device, to assist with stability in walking

What's Covered

Medicare Part B pays for the rental or purchase of a walker if prescribed by a doctor. The walker must be rented or purchased from a Medicare-certified medical equipment supplier.

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 a walker, contact the plan directly.

What Medicare Pays

Medicare Part B pays 80 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for rental or purchase of a walker.

**Warning:** If a walker is rented or purchased from what's called a Medicare "participating supplier," the supplier can't charge more than the Medicare-approved amount. However, a supplier who's enrolled in Medicare but isn't an officially "participating" supplier may charge more than the Medicare-approved amount. In that case, the patient must personally pay the difference between the Medicare-approved amount and the amount the supplier actually charges (on top of the 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount that Medicare doesn't pay).

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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over 1 year ago

AARP Medicarerx Preferred (POP) I'd like to purchase Mabis Thaditonal Blue Steel #12118852 Cost $84.28 I wanted to see what is covered by Medicare.

almost 2 years ago

I have a complaint about this lincare in fallon , Nevada about a month ago I called them and wanted to get a walker they brought me one that would fit a tall person so I set it in the corner and about week later they came and got it I never used it i'm 85 years and they told me down there at lincare in fallon, Nevada, I got one last ,year I was walking good last year I didn't get one. there is something going on there they said I got one in august 2012 and that is a lie. I fell about 3 months ago and I need a walker now. they told me I had one, I don't have one. i'be been living in this apartment for 8 years my neighbors will tell you if I had one. I do not lie. why would I, I fell about 3 months ago now I need one and these's people keep saying I got one last year they are lying. i'm am po at them now. please check in on those people I think they are doing something.

about 4 years ago

This is good advice. Check the retailers' websites to see what EXACTLY their Medicare affiliation is, or phone and ask ahead - saves unnecessary steps (as I found out by accident when I was caring for my Mom).


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