If you use a mobility scooter, you are probably wondering if the batteries for your scooter are covered by insurance. When your scooter needs new batteries, we recommend contacting your insurance to find out what may be covered.
If your electric scooter is prescribed by a doctor, your scooter may be considered medical equipment. Medicare Part B may cover a portion of the cost of a power mobility device, such as a motorized scooter, if it is medically necessary. Medicare requires a face-to-face examination with your physician prior to writing a prescription for a power mobility device. During your exam, your physician must first consider the use of cane, walker, and manual wheelchair before considering a scooter. If your physician feels that your mobility needs must be resolved with an electric scooter, this would need to be documented in your medical records. A physical therapist or occupational therapist may also conduct an additional assessment if your physician feels it would help in determining whether the motorized scooter is necessary. Medicare Part B can also cover replacement batteries for a scooter if your current batteries are no longer working properly. If you qualify for the mobility scooter, you qualify for replacement batteries. You can visit Medicare.gov
or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for further details.
If you don’t have Medicare Part B, you can contact your private insurance company to find out if electric scooter batteries are covered. Simply dial the number listed on your insurance card and speak to a representative. Also, your doctor’s office may be able to confirm whether your insurance will cover the cost of new scooter batteries.
If your private insurance won’t cover the cost of new motorized scooter batteries, there are still options available. Many Pride providers that sell mobility scooter batteries accept credit cards, cash, money orders or offer financing options. Over hundreds of Pride providers participate with CareCredit, a credit card that allows you to pay for medical equipment and services over time. The payment plan is based on your budget. There are also special promotional financing options available upon credit approval. Contact your provider today to find out how you can fill out an application or visit carecredit.com
for more information.