Does Medicare pay for diapers or pads?

Lisa asked...

Does Medicare pay for diapers or pads? Are there medical supply companies that can bill Medicare for these items?

Expert Answer

Medical supplies of all kinds are covered by Medicare Part A, but only when you are a hospital or skilled nursing facility inpatient. Medicare Part B covers outpatient care; this includes "durable" medical equipment -- such as hospital beds, wheel chairs, walkers, and oxygen systems -- but not most medical supplies like adult diapers or pads.