Does Medicare Cover Lift Chairs?

Medicare Part B may cover the lift mechanism, but not the chair.
John RossheimAug 18, 2021

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The good news is that may cover the seat lift mechanism in a lift chair that a doctor prescribes for use in your home. The bad news is that you must pay for the full cost of the upholstered chair.

A lift chair, which typically incorporates a motorized seat lift, can be a great help to anyone who is unable to safely stand up from sitting but can get around their home without a wheelchair or scooter. By lowering you from standing into a seated position and helping you rise to your feet again, a lift chair can help you retain a measure of mobility and independence.

To ensure coverage, your doctor and your supplier of durable medical equipment must submit orders and documentation that meet Medicare requirements. The seat lift mechanism will be covered only if your doctor and equipment supplier are enrolled in Medicare.

Medicare will decide whether to cover the lift mechanism in your chair based on your physician’s answers to these questions:

You’ll be denied coverage for a lift chair if you live in a nursing home or other residential health care facility.

You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for mobility equipment after you pay your Part B deductible, which in 2021 is $203. Medicare pays the rest. But the chair itself, which you must pay for, likely carries a higher price than the seat lift mechanism.

If you have , you might pay less. Contact the plan to learn about costs and which equipment suppliers you are authorized to use.

Depending on the seat lift mechanism, you may be required to rent it or to buy it, or you may have a choice.

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