50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #39:
Decrease limitations on coverage for Durable Medicare Equipment (DME) outside the home

Medicare only covers DME that is needed inside the home. This limitation restricts access to DME for those who are in skilled nursing facilities and altogether ignores a beneficiary’s need to safely navigate in the community. Congress should revise DME coverage criteria in the Medicare program. These criteria should be based on the functional requirements of the individual living in their chosen setting, including equipment needed outside their home.