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Are Walk-In Tubs Covered by Medicare?

If you or a loved one are considering a walk-in tub in your next bathroom remodel to help with the reduced mobility that comes with age, the cost is an important factor. Walk-in bathtubs cost thousands of dollars, just like much of the equipment you might need as you get older. However, Medicare does not cover the cost of a walk-in tub.

Why Isn’t It Covered?

Unfortunately, Original Medicare does not consider walk-in bathtubs to be “durable medical equipment” (DME) and therefore will not cover their cost. This is because anyone can use a walk-in tub, unlike wheelchairs, hospital beds, nebulizers and more. Technically speaking, however, anyone could use their family member’s hospital bed or wheelchair.

Will Medicare Give Me Partial Reimbursement for My Walk-In Bathtub?

The argument that walk-in tubs should be considered DME occasionally succeeds in securing partial reimbursement from Medicare for the cost of a walk-in tub, but it rarely happens. Because of this, consider the cost of purchasing the tub to be out-of-pocket and hope for a return after submitting your claim.

How to Get Reimbursement for a Walk-In Tub

While Legacy Bath & Kitchen cannot assist with your Medicare coverage, you can read some tips about how to receive reimbursement. To get reimbursement for a walk-in tub, a person must meet many requirements, including the tub being an absolute necessity for a diagnosed medical condition. Here are some steps you should take for the best chance of reimbursement:

  • Get a doctor’s prescription for the tub before buying it.
  • Be certain that you can afford the full cost of a walk-in tub rather than counting on reimbursement.
  • Since bathrooms are notorious for having underlying damage, plan for extra costs to be on the safe side.

If you’re interested in a shower to tub conversion or any other bathroom remodeling service, contact Legacy Bath & Kitchen to schedule an in-home consultation.

Why Legacy Bath and Kitchen?

We are committed to your bathroom and kitchen remodel. Since 2006, owners Jason and Krishelle Hicks and their team of expert designers and installers have prided themselves in building bathrooms and kitchens using superior products and craftsmanship with extraordinary service - all at a fair price.

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Joe the salesman was very professional and helpful. They kept me informed about the status of my order. Once they got all the parts they scheduled an install date and were in and out in 3 days. I love my new bathroom.

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Had master bath done and was so pleased we had the other bath done just a few months later. Joe our Sales Rep helped a lot with us making up our minds and the installers were always on time and worked straight through until the job was done. We have nothing but praise for whole process have made numerous recommendations to our friends.

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The installers were prompt and courteous. They explained everything that I needed to know about cleaning the walk-in shower. They left the shower clean. Joe Vasquez was able to get the project completed in time as it was a medical rush. I would recommend them to my friends.

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