Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those who have disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). The program helps with the cost of health care, and many of the medical suppies needed in your medical care.
The following is a sample of some of the items that qualify as durable medical equipment and are covered by Medicare:
Prosthetics: devices that replace part of all of an internal organ or its function, such as artificial limbs, eyes, and legs. It also includes items for nutrition therapy, such as food pumps and intravenous poles Orthotics: braces for the back, neck, arm, leg Lancets and test strips to test blood sugar levels (even though they are not durable and are discarded after one use, they are still covered) Respiratory equipment: respirators, oxygen concentrators, oxygen tanks, nebulizers, inhalers, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP; if diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea) General Medical Supplies: Canes, walkers, Hospital beds, Bed pans (if confined to bed), bedside commodes, Catheters, ostomy supplies