For Consumers

Will Medicare pay for my medical equipment (like blood sugar monitors and wheelchairs)?

Medicare Part B (medical insurance) covers durable medical equipment (DME) (, as long as it's medically necessary and for use in your home. Only your doctor can prescribe durable medical equipment for you.

Medicare covers the following DME, but it's not limited to:

Who's eligible?

All people with Medicare Part B are covered.

Your costs with Original Medicare

If your supplier accepts Medicare, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after you meet the Part B deductible. Medicare pays for different kinds of DME in different ways. Depending on the type of equipment, you may need to rent the equipment or buy it, or you may be able to choose whether to rent or buy the equipment.

Note: Medicare will only cover your DME if your doctors and DME suppliers are enrolled in Medicare and accept Medicare's approved amount (i.e., assignment) in full. If the suppliers are enrolled in Medicare, but don't accept Medicare's approved amount in full, there's no limit on the amount they can charge you. So be sure to ask first if they accept Medicare.