Medical alert devices are crucial for elderly and disabled people to help ensure their safety, but does Medicare cover these devices? Let’s explore if and how Medicare might cover the cost of a medical alert device.
What Is A Medical Alert Device?
A medical alert device is a device worn by a person that can alert first responders in the event of an emergency. These devices are typically worn around the neck and can be used to contact help if needed.
Does Medicare Cover Medical Alert Devices?
Medicare does not cover the cost of a medical alert device directly. Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does not cover medical alert systems, but it does cover other durable medical equipment, such as hospital beds, canes, and walkers.
Are There Other Ways To Obtain A Medical Alert Device?
If you are not eligible for Medicare coverage of a medical alert device, you may still be able to obtain one. Many insurance companies offer coverage for medical alert devices, so check with your insurance provider to see if they will cover the cost.
In addition, there are charitable and non-profit organizations that assist with purchasing medical alert devices. If you are eligible, you may receive a free or discounted device.
How Much Does A Medical Alert Device Cost?
The cost of a medical alert device can vary depending on the type of device and the coverage you receive. Typically, a medical alert device costs from $30 to $80 per month.
Understand Every Angle Of Your Medicare Coverage
Medical alert devices are an invaluable tool for seniors and people with disabilities. Even though Medicare does not provide coverage for them, having the right plan will save you money in other areas so you can contribute to the purchase of a device.
No matter your coverage needs, The Benefit Link will talk you through your options. We work for you, not insurance companies. To learn more, schedule a consultation or call (972) 236-3348.