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Does Medicare pay for knee braces?

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Knee braces are covered by Medicare Part B as they are considered durable medical equipment. A health care provider must provide an order deeming that the knee braces are medically necessary. The patient must use the brace for knee support or to restrict movement.

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A Medicare patient in need of a brace has to pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount. The patient must first meet the Medicare Part B deductible.

Doctor fees, supplemental insurance and the cost of the brace can affect coverage amounts. It is important for the patient to discuss options and expected costs with his health care provider.

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