Does Medicare cover mobility scooters or wheelchairs?

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By Jim Miller, columnist

Dear Savvy Senior,I have arthritis in my hips and knees and have a difficult time getting around anymore. What do I need to do to get a Medicare-covered electric-powered scooter or wheelchair?Need a Ride Dear Need,If you’re enrolled in original Medicare, getting an electric-powered mobility scooter or wheelchair that’s covered by Medicare starts with a visit to your doctor’s office. If eligible, Medicare will pay 80 percent of the cost, after you’ve met you...

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