Durable Medical Equipment (DME) is any reusable item that exists primarily to provide a medical function. DME encompasses a wide range of items and includes wheel chairs, scooters, walkers, shower chairs and portable ramps.
The hidden need for DME among the insured:
Californians who have health insurance with a durable medical equipment benefit have less coverage than ever before. Many insurance companies implement annual DME benefit limits that typically total $2000 to $3000. This means that people with private insurance coverage, both group and individual plans, are incurring more out-of-pocket costs for durable medical equipment. Approximately 72,000 insured DME users currently have to pay $26.6 million in expenses for non-covered benefits. Often people with health insurance can’t afford the out-of-pocket costs to purchase the DME they desperately need to improve their health, function, or to recover from an injury or surgery. Without the needed DME, they may not be able to get around to get to work, get around the house, or engage with the community.
- Re-use fills the gap when Californians are unable to obtain new devices they need
- Re-use saves money for the person using the equipment
- Re-use saves health care costs by preventing secondary disabilities that would have developed without it
- Re-use keeps usable equipment out of the landfill, which is good for the environment
- Re-use ensures efficient and effective use of California’s communities by using equipment to its full potential.
Please contact one of our AT Specialists to find out more information about how the re-use program may help you, or to donate needed durable medical equipment.
Redding / Chico
AT Coordinator: Deborah Uhl (530) 242-8550
Mailing Address: 1600 West St. Redding, CA 96001