Justice in Aging has produced two new Fact Sheets for advocates and consumers: The first, for advocates, Durable Medical Equipment: The Basics for California Advocates, offers definitions for DME, coverage levels by insurance type, and includes steps advocates can take to help clients access DME depending on their insurance coverage. The second, for consumers, Durable Medical Equipment: What You Need to Know, also offers definitions of DME and simple instructions for consumers on how to get DME covered based on which insurance they have. Both fact sheets include a section of troubleshooting tips for common difficulties encountered when accessing DME.
These Fact Sheets were produced with the support of The San Francisco Foundation, which funded our work to train service providers in Alameda County. We’re happy to share this resource with service providers and consumers throughout the state.
We have begun work to eliminate service gaps for DME throughout the country by identifying best practices in states to share with advocates in other states. In case you missed our alert earlier this year, Durable Medical Equipment: What is your State Doing to Smooth Access for Dual Eligibles.