Medicaid will cover a Medicaid scooter or a Medicaid power wheelchair if the patient needs it to complete their activities of daily living. If a Medicaid scooter or Medicaid power wheelchair is only for the use of outside the home, it will be denied as non-covered.
For a scooter or power wheelchair to be covered through Medicaid, the physician must supply a written order within 45 days after completion of the physician's face-to-face examination and prior to delivery of the device.
For a scooter or a power wheelchair to be covered through Medicaid, there has to be a face-to-face examination with the physician prior to writing the order and receipt of the written report of the examination within 45 days after completion of the face-to-face examination and prior to delivery of the device.
The physician may refer the patient to a licensed/certified medical professional, such as a physical therapist or occupational therapist, who has experience and training in mobility evaluations to perform part of the face-to-face examination. This person may have no financial relationship with the supplier.