Medicare is paying for electric mobility scooters for thousands of people, but many people who qualify are being turned down just because they ask for it the wrong way.
Here’s a quick summary of how to jump through all the hoops (and in the right order) to get a free mobility scooter
The first step is that you have to have an honest medical need for a mobility scooter and you must need it to get around the house.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to ride down the sidewalk and go to the store, but your basic need must be that you need it to get around the house.
Your doctor must record your medical need in his file and write you a prescription for the scooter. It is important that all of this is dated, because you can’t order your mobility scooter until after the date on the prescription. Don’t go get one and then try to get Medicare to pay of it.
The Bible says to do things decently and in order and I think Medicare has read that passage, because they are very strict about it.
If you have an HMO or PPO, it’s very likely that they have some steps you have to follow also, so contact them before you start the process of getting your scooter.
#1. You can’t walk on your own.
#2. Your upper body is too weak to allow you to use a conventional wheelchair to get around.
#3. You must be able to get on and off of the scooter and be able to work the controls.
#4. You would have to spend most of your time in bed or in a chair without the scooter.
There are two important steps to getting your free scooter.
First, you need to discuss your need with your doctor and she and/or her staff will guide you through the process. Also, you need to work with an experienced supplier that knows how to follow the rules.
Don’t let a commission-hungry salesman talk you into ordering a scooter before you have your doctor’s prescription in hand.
Note: This information is not medical or legal advice. It is just a my understanding of the process.