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Where can I get equipment & supplies included in the Competitive Bidding Program when I travel?

 

 
If you live permanently in… And travel to… You may go to…
An area participating in the program An area participating in the program A Medicare contract supplier for the area you traveled to for items included in the program.* Find a Medicare contract supplier in the area where you're traveling.
An area participating in the program An area not participating in the program Any Medicare-approved supplier
An area not participating in the program An area participating in the program A Medicare contract supplier for the area you traveled to for items included in the program.* Find a Medicare contract supplier in the area where you're traveling.
An area not participating in the program An area not participating in the program Any Medicare-approved supplier

* If you don't use a Medicare contract supplier, the supplier may ask you to sign an Advance Beneficiary Notice. This notice says Medicare probably won't pay for the item or service. The supplier will probably require you to pay for the full cost of the item.

What you pay for equipment & supplies when traveling to a participating area

Your out-of-pocket costs will be the same as when you're at your permanent home. You'll still be responsible for paying the 20% coinsurance after meeting your yearly Part B deductible.

The Medicare contract supplier can't charge you more than the 20% coinsurance and any unmet yearly deductible for any equipment or supplies included in the Competitive Bidding Program.

If you suspect you’re paying more coinsurance than the Medicare-approved amount: 

  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
  • Call the Fraud Hotline of the HHS Office of Inspector General at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477).

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