Is the UPWalker Covered by Medicare?

Christian Worstell
In this article...
  • Walkers offer security and stability to seniors with mobility challenges. Learn why Medicare doesn't cover the UPWalker and what alternatives are available.

For seniors who live with mobility or balance challenges, an upright walker may help them remain active, offering stability and security when walking.

Although both Medicare and Medicare Advantage benefits include reimbursement for walkers, not every device is covered. In this article, you’ll learn why Medicare benefits don’t reimburse beneficiaries for the UPWalker and what other options are available.

Depending on plans available where you live, you may be able to enroll in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan that helps pay for the Medicare coinsurance and other out-of-pocket Medicare costs associated with a Medicare-covered walker.

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What Is the UPWalker?

The UPWalker is a mobility device produced by LifeWalker Mobility Products. This walker’s elevated design is intended to help users stand more upright than its conventional counterparts, and it includes a built-in seat with a backrest so seniors have portable, supportive seating. The unit is foldable and lightweight, and it's customizable to suit individuals with different body types.

Five versions of this device are available:

The original UPWalker comes in three sizes — small, standard and large — to accommodate users of different heights and weights.

How Much Does an UPWalker Cost?

As of September 2023, the standard UPWalker (H200) can be purchased online for $645, plus you may have to pay tax, shipping and/or handling.

Does Medicare Cover Walkers Like the Upwalker?

Although the UPWalker is considered to be durable medical equipment by Medicare's standards, it isn't a covered device. Because UPWalker’s supplier doesn’t accept Medicare, neither version of the UPWalker is reimbursable through Traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage benefits.

Medicare beneficiaries who are interested in purchasing an UPWalker must pay with a credit or debit card. The supplier also offers a monthly payment plan through company-sponsored financing.

Are Upright Walkers Covered By Medicare?

Upright walkers are covered  durable medical devices under Medicare Part B, but they must pass medical necessity criteria on the Medicare website, as well as some cost-effectiveness assessments. That being said, the answer may vary by device. Medicare considers walkers to be durable medical equipment, which is a covered benefit. Walkers and rollators may be rented or purchased through Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Determined by a qualified health care provider to be medically necessary to treat a condition or illness
  • Prescribed by a Medicare-approved physician
  • Purchased or rented through a supplier that accepts Medicare assignments
  • Deemed cost-effective

Upright walkers that meet these criteria should be eligible for full or partial reimbursement through your Medicare coverage. To find approved suppliers of upright walkers near you, visit Medicare's medical equipment and suppliers page and plug in your zip code or the desired supplier’s name.

What Does a Walker Cost Through Medicare?

If you participate in Medicare Part B, your coverage should take care of 80% of the cost of a walker once you've met your annual deductible, as long as you've met the plan criteria. You're responsible for covering the remaining 20%. This 80/20 split is applied to the Medicare-approved amount, which is determined by which fee is lower: the manufacturer's price or the Medicare-contracted rate.

A Medicare Supplement plan (also called Medigap) can help pay for some or all of your UPwalker coinsurance costs with Medicare. Medigap plans can also help pay for other out-of-pocket Medicare costs, such as deductibles and copays.

You can compare Medigap plans for free and find out which plan in your area may be the best Medicare plan option for you.

Is the UPWalker Covered by Other Insurance?

When it comes to commercial insurance, benefits typically differ by carrier and plan, and coverage for the UPWalker and other mobility devices is determined by your individual policy. To find out if the UPWalker is reimbursable under your policy, you should contact your insurance agent or plan administrator, who can provide you with information about relevant benefits and coverage determinants.

Christian Worstell
About the Author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

While at HelpAdvisor, Christian has written hundreds of articles that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. You can find Christian’s most recent articles in our blog.

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