There is also a deductible that falls under Part B. However, if you have a Medigap plan, the above cost sharing can be 100% covered. In general, infinite position chairs cost more than two-position chairs. If you qualify, Medicare will pay 80% of the cost of the motorized lifting device.
You pay your annual deductible for Part B, the remaining 20% for the device and the cost of the chair itself. The total amount you pay may depend on any other insurance that provides you with the lift chair and more. 4. The motorized lift mechanism of the lift chair or seat-in lift chair is an item covered by MediCare. If you qualify, Medicare can cover up to 80 percent of the approved amount for the seat-lift mechanism. You are responsible for any additional payment or excess, as well as for the additional cost of the furniture part of the lift chair.
In addition, Medicare only helps pay for the chair’s lifting device cost, not the fabric, cushions, accessories, or any additional upgrades. Stair lifts transport you safely from one level of your home to another by using a chair that is designed to slide you down the stairs from top to bottom and vice versa. Use the step-by-step process below as a guide to ensure Medicare reimbursement of your elevator chair. A lift chair looks like a large, comfortable armchair made of leather or fabric that can fit into your living room.
If you buy your lift chair from a Medicare supplier, you will generally need to pay for the chair out of pocket and ask Medicare for a partial refund for the motor. You must get a prescription from your doctor for the seat-lift mechanism before Medicare helps pay for an elevator chair. For elevator chairs, Medicare covers the cost of the portion of the chair that is deemed medically necessary. A lift chair completely lifts the user to a standing position or stops at any position during the lifting process.
A doctor may need to prove that a person may not have the strength to live independently without the lift chair. Medicare pays up to 80 percent of the cost of the motorized lift portion of a lift chair, provided you have a prescription from a Medicare licensed doctor and purchase it from a Medicare approved seller. If you receive your Medicare benefits through a Medicare Advantage plan, talk to your private insurer about the coverage rules, costs, and suppliers you can use when purchasing an elevator chair. It is important to note that you must order your lift chair from a medical retailer that participates in Medicare.
While Medicare usually doesn’t pay in full for a lift chair, Medicare Part B (health insurance) or Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) can cover the seat-lift mechanism as durable medical equipment (DME) if your doctor determines it’s medically necessary and helps your condition. When considering the medical necessity of a lift chair, there must be evidence that the doctor prescribed the chair.