Durable medical equipment replacement in disaster or emergency

I have Original Medicare

If Original Medicare already paid for durable medical equipment (DME) (like a wheelchair or walker) or supplies (like diabetic supplies) that were damaged or lost due to an emergency or disaster, in most cases Medicare will cover the cost to repair or replace your equipment or supplies, but only when you get them from a supplier that Medicare approves.

If your equipment is damaged and needs to be repaired, generally Medicare will cover the cost of rentals for items like wheelchairs.

Call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to get more information about how to replace your equipment or supplies.

I'm in a Medicare Advantage Plan or other Medicare health plan

Contact your plan to find out how it replaces DME or supplies damaged or lost in an emergency or disaster. Generally, you can find your plan's contact information on your plan membership card. Or, you can search for your plan's contact information. You can also call us at 1-800-MEDICARE.

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