This is a complicated question. Home use is a key component for Medicare coverage of scooters and power wheelchairs, and there must be certification that a beneficiary needs the equipment for medical progress at home. Generally, it is best to be wary of television commercials that promise Medicare coverage for the purchase of power wheelchairs or scooters. Medicare does not cover these items if they are needed for mobility outside the home, and they are only covered if a medical professional certifies that such equipment is essential for care inside the home.
According to Medicare, it is “working with other government agencies to protect you and the Medicare Program from dishonest suppliers of power wheelchairs and scooters.” For more information on this topic, view the publication, “Protecting Medicare’s Power Wheelchair and Scooter Benefit." It is important to remember that the primary purpose of scooters and power wheelchairs must be medical, not simply for convenience.