Does Medicare Cover Lift Chairs?

Does Medicare Cover Lift Chairs?

When considering the purchase of a lift chair, most people’s first question is whether or not Medicare will cover all or some of the expense.

First, let’s clarify what a lift chair is, and then we can go into what Medicare will and will not cover.

What is a Lift Chair?

A lift chair is a mechanized chair that can be used to help lift you into a standing position or lower you into a seated position if you have trouble doing this unassisted.

If you’re in the unfortunate circumstance of struggling to stand up from a seated position on your own, a lift chair allows you to maintain your independence, rather than relying on others to help you.

A lift chair operates by the use of a mechanical device within the chair, usually triggered by the use of some lever, remote control or button.

Does Original Medicare Cover Lift Chairs?

If your doctor prescribes a lift chair as medically necessary, Original Medicare may cover the seat-lift mechanism within the chair. This device lifts you to a near standing position.

Your doctor may prescribe a lift chair if he or she determines you have a medical condition that makes standing up and sitting down challenging.

If you find yourself in any situation where you’re confined to a bed or a chair without the use of a lift chair, speak to your doctor, and he or she may prescribe one.

An example of a condition where a lift chair might be prescribed is if you have severe arthritis in either your knees or your hips. If you have any neuromuscular disorder in your lower half that makes movement difficult, a chair may also be prescribed.

Unfortunately, getting a prescription for a lift chair is only step one in getting qualified for Medicare support.

The doctor who prescribed the lift chair must be a Medicare-enrolled doctor.

You will also have to find a Medicare-enrolled supplier to get the seat-lift device through, or Medicare might not cover it.

The device within the chair must be considered durable and have a lifetime warranty of at least three years.

Medicare will not cover seat lifts that have a spring-release or have extra features they don’t consider ‘medically necessary’ such as the ability to recline.

To make things even more complicated, if you live in an area that falls under the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program, you might have to get your chair from their contracted suppliers or none of the cost will be covered.

Currently, the device in lift chairs is considered Non-Competitive and does not have to comply with this program, but that ruling may change in the future.

In general, if you’ve managed to comply with all of the above, Medicare Part B will cover 80% of the cost of the device within the chair, as it is considered durable medical equipment (DME).

However, this is only after you pay your required Part B deductible.
Also, the 80% is capped at a maximum amount, which varies by state. It’s roughly around $320, but you will have to refer to your State guidelines for specifics.

This means that the best-case scenario you’re facing is that you are going to have to cover your deductible, 20% of the mechanical device and 100% of the rest of the chair cost.

You can try to find a medical supplier near you that can bill Medicare directly for the 80% that is covered.

However, in most cases, you will need to buy the device and then file a claim to Medicare for reimbursement. It could take between 45 and 60 days for them to either reimburse you or let you know your application is denied.

Does Medicare Advantage Cover Lift Chairs?

With a Medicare Part C or Medicare Advantage plan, you may have more coverage toward the cost of a lift chair, but it can vary by plan.
Since these plans are offered through private companies, the plan premiums and coverage are not consistent. You will need to talk to your individual plan advisor to find out if you can receive coverage for anything more than just the internal device in the chair.
At a minimum, your Medicare Advantage plan has to offer the same coverage as Medicare Part B.

Should You Buy Your Own Lift Chair?

Have you tried sitting in a lift chair?

Too often, the base models on the market trying to meet Medicare guidelines are uncomfortable to use. In addition, cheaper models sometimes opt for a lever instead of a push-button mechanism. This makes it more difficult to use the device.

What’s the sense of buying a lift chair if you still find it hard to get in and out of it, or just find it painful to sit in?

The Perfect Sleep Chair offers the solution to this, along with so much more.

Whether or not you are fortunate enough to get Medicare coverage, you won’t regret the investment in the Perfect Sleep Chair. Thanks to the high quality, luxurious features, and amazing comfort, this chair will not only help lift you up, but it will also make you never want to leave it!

The Perfect Sleep Chair provides a nearly infinite number of positions, including a fully reclined position for sleeping. It can even recline to a zero-gravity position, which can be helpful if you have circulation problems, muscle issues, and much more. Also, the heat and massage features can relax your aching muscles and help relieve your pain.

The Perfect Sleep Chair can quickly lift you up, lower you down and adjust to a variety of different comfortable positions, all with the simple push of a button. The chair is handcrafted right here in the USA by highly skilled American workers, and every chair frame is guaranteed for life.

Contact us now at 1-888-317-9131 to find out more about how you can get your Perfect Sleep Chair. It will be the last Lift Chair you ever buy.

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