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What medical equipment does Medicare cover?

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Medicare covers items that are considered durable medical equipment, which includes most items that are reused on a daily basis in the home, as stated on Medicare.gov. This equipment can range from oxygen machines and tanks to walkers for those who need help getting around their homes or outside. This list also includes diabetes testers and the test strips even though they are thrown away because they are needed multiple times a day to help maintain and monitor sugar levels.

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Anyone who is on Medicare and has Part B is covered for the durable medical equipment to use at home. Those users who are living in a skilled nursing facility or are in the hospital are covered under Part A of the Medicare, as reported on Medicare Interactive. The coverage for medicines related to this type of equipment is normally covered by Medicare as well, but not every type of medicine is guaranteed and may require supplemental insurance to cover the costs.

Patients will have some out-of-pocket expenses for the medical equipment. Deductibles have to be redone every year, so it is an expense that should be planned for to avoid any time without needed equipment.

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