Welcome to MedicareScooter.org! This site is dedicated to helping you find Medicare Scooter manufacturers and suppliers, as well as help you navigate the red tape necessary in obtaining your medical mobility scooter through your Medicare scooter coverage.
Mobility scooters, also known as mobile scooters, or power electric scooters, or motorized scooters for seniors, are a relatively new way for people who have suffered an injury, or who for one reason or another find themselves temporarily or permanently with their mobility restricted, to regain their mobility, self-reliance and independence.
Does Medicare cover scooters?
Medicare in the US did not even cover mobility scooters before 2005. Today, Medicare in the USA covers mobility scooters and power wheelchairs under strict medicare coverage guidelines. Medicare in Canada and Australia, as well as NHS in the UK still do not cover mobility scooters at all as of this writing.
Research study favors Medicare scooters and electric wheelchairs covered by Medicare
A research study conducted for 3 years prior to 2005 has followed two groups of people with similar mobility impairments.
The first group was given a mobility scooter and the other was left without one. The result of the study showed that the group which was given mobility scooters did much better over the period of three years in terms of Medicare costs. Not only was their mobility and independence restored to a higher degree, but also their overall costs to Medicare from other expenses was thousands of dollars per person lower during the time of the study.
Results of the research study
Moved by the research study, Medicare in the US started covering mobility scooters and power wheelchairs in 2005. If you have Medicare, today is the best time to apply for a mobility scooter in the US, considering all the changes in government sponsored healthcare coming down the pike over the next few years.
Medicare scooter qualification guidelines
Medicare, as most government organizations, has stict rules that determine which Medicare recipient is eligible for a Medicare covered scooter. Currently, electric scooter qualification rules require that you must have a medical need to use a mobility scooter such that a simple walker, or rollator, would not be sufficient to even move within your house. In other words, Medicare scooter eligibility requires that without the medical scooter you would be confined to a bed or a chair. You must have your upper body strong enough to sit straight and to operate the medical scooter. Finally, you must be able to get on and off the mobility scooter by yourself.
These are the current Medicare scooter requirements. The best way for you is to first find a suitable mobility scooter online and get in touch with their Medicare representative who will be current with the regulations and will guide you through the paperwork and the requirements, and will help you pick the best Medicare scooter brands and models for you.
Medicare scooter procedures, Medicare application for scooters, what does Medicare cover?
Medicare employs strict procedures for applying for your medicare scooter. They involve working with your mobility scooter vendor, either online or offline to strictly follow the Medicare procedures. Also, procedures will require that you have your medicare scooter qualification documented by your physician. This is called a "Certificate of Medical Necessity". If you don't have your Medicare scooter physician picked out yet, be sure to find one that is knowledgeable about Medicare requirements so you will maximize your chances of your Medicare scooter application go through the application and approval process smoothly.
For even more details on the Medicare requirements for mobility scooter and what Medicare covers, see Qualification For Medicare Scooter.
Medicare sponsoring mobility scooters and power wheelchairs has another interesting consequence for the used mobility marketplace in the USA. See article Why Are Prices Of Used Power Wheelchairs So Inexpensive?.