Your Medicare Coverage
Is my test, item, or service covered?
How often is it covered?
All people with Medicare are covered.
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount . Medicare pays for different kinds of DME in different ways: some equipment may be rented, other equipment may be purchased, and you may choose to rent or buy some equipment.
Medicare will only cover your DME if your doctor or supplier is enrolled in Medicare. If a DME supplier doesn't accept assignment , Medicare doesn't limit how much the supplier can charge you. You may also have to pay the entire bill (your share and Medicare's share) at the time you get the DME.
Competitive Bidding Program
If you live in certain areas, you may be affected by Medicare's Competitive Bidding Program. In most cases, if you have Original Medicare and get program items and supplies in program areas, Medicare will only help pay for these items and supplies if they're provided by contract suppliers.
You can use any Medicare-approved supplier (including a non-contract supplier) to make repairs to a walker or power mobility device that you currently own, including replacement of parts needed for the repair.