Health & Safety

October 25, 2013

Ask the Doc

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Q.  Does TRICARE pay for power wheelchairs and scooters?

A.  TRICARE may cost share on electric powered wheelchairs if they are medically necessary, based on TRICARE requirements.
TRICARE won’t cover a power wheelchair or scooter for convenience, or for leisure or recreational activities. Scooters, electric-powered, cart-type vehicles, may be cost-shared as an alternate to an electric wheelchair, however TRICARE won’t cost share on both a scooter and an electric wheelchair during the same period of time.
Check with your TRICARE regional contractor, TRICARE Area Office-Overseas, or Medicare if you are a TRICARE for Life beneficiary to find out more about coverage and how to get prior-authorization before buying or renting the equipment.

Send your questions to askthedoc@nellis.af.mil.




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