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Is Lifeline (personal response system) a covered benefit under Medicare if there is a medical indication for it?

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Question: Is Lifeline (personal response system) a covered benefit under Medicare if there is a medical indication for it?

Answer: No, your Medicare coverage does not include Lifeline or any other Personal Emergency Response or Alert System as a benefit.

It is possible that Medicaid or another state agency will cover Lifeline - however, coverage is on a state by state basis.

In fact, many state Departments on Aging or Social Services Department or Medicaid programs (except for perhaps: MO, AR, and LA) will cover Lifeline, so you may wish to check with your local Medicaid office for more information.

To learn more, you can begin at Medicaid.gov and look for "Personal Emergency Response System" coverage or coverage for similar devices.

Important Reminder, "nothing is free":  Be advised that there are scams that promote "free" Emergency Response Devices.  You can read more here:  http://www.lifeline.philips.com/resources/blog/2013/10/scams-target-seniors-with-offers-of-free-medical-alert-devices.  As this article reminds us: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Please note, although Medicare does not cover emergency response systems, it is also possible that a Medicare Advantage plan in your area (providing Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, and maybe Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage) may cover Lifeline or another emergency response system as an additional benefit.  You can learn more about a Medicare Advantage plan's additional coverage benefits by contacting the plan's Member Services department.

The toll-free Member Services number is printed on the Medicare Advantage plan Member ID card or you can use our Medicare Advantage plan finder (www.MA-Finder.com) to find the Member Services number for any Medicare Advantage plan.

For additional assistance, you can also telephone Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 and speak with a Medicare representative.

You can read more about Medical Alert Devices on the Philips Lifeline (r) website: http://www.lifeline.philips.com/home

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