The Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill of 1993
We have become aware that few of our viewers are familiar with the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill that was passed in 1993. Many senior citizens who receive Medicare are subject to debilitating foot problems, not only related to diabetes sores but also to deformed feet, falls, bunions etc. Many of these problems could be alleviated through therapeutic shoes. This bill provides partial reimbursement for depth shoes, custom molded shoes and shoe inserts or modifications to those who qualify for part B of Medicare. You must have a physician certify that a therapeutic shoe is needed to restore you to your previous level of functioning or impedes risk of developing further problems.
Within a calendar year you can receive up to 80% reimbursement of Medicare rates for:
For more information, check with your local Medicare office. Medicare has a toll-free help line. Call 1-800-MEDICARE
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Harold Rubin, MS, ABD, CRC, Guest Lecturer
July 26, 2000
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