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

 

 
If you live permanently in…And travel to…You may go to…
An area participating in the programAn area participating in the programA Medicare-contract supplier located in 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 programAn area not participating in the programAny Medicare-approved supplier
An area not participating in the programAn area participating in the programA Medicare-contract supplier located in 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 programAn area not participating in the programAny 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 items & 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).

More about the DME Competitive Bidding Program