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Does Medicare Cover Air Purifiers?

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By Daniel Petkevich
Nov 18, 2022

Take a deep breath

Air purifiers can help Medicare beneficiaries suffering from a number of respiratory issues. They can help alleviate symptoms of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma or allergies. Medicare typically does not cover air purifiers unless your doctor deems it to be medically necessary. Read more to find out if an air purifier is right for you and other ways to cover the cost if Medicare doesn't.

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Do you need an air purifier?

An air purifier is an appliance that filters the air in a room or building, removing allergens and other pollutants. They can help reduce airborne irritants and improve indoor air quality.

How to use an air purifier to improve your health?

Air purifiers can help reduce the number of allergens and other particles suspended in the air indoors by filtering them out. This can be especially beneficial for those who suffer from asthma or allergies, as these airborne particles can aggravate symptoms. An air purifier can also help remove odors and other pollutants such as cigarette smoke, paint fumes, etc.

Does Medicare cover air purifiers?

Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover air purifiers as a medical device. However, if your doctor determines that an air purifier is medically necessary for you to breathe properly, they may prescribe it as durable medical equipment (DME).
If your doctor prescribes the air purifier as DME, Medicare Part B may help cover the cost. In that case, Medicare will cover 80% of the cost, and you will be responsible for the remaining 20%. With some Medicare Supplement plans, part or all of that remaining 20% will be covered.
Generally, the cost of your air purifier will be out-of-pocket.

Are there other ways to cover the cost of an air purifier?

Yes, there are a few options to cover the cost of an air purifier if Medicare doesn't help. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a grant from a government or private organization dedicated to helping people with chronic respiratory diseases.

How much do air purifiers cost?

Air purifiers can range in price from $50 to $1000, depending on the type, size, and features you are looking for. It's important to do research on different models to make sure you get one that is effective and fits within your budget.

How to choose the right air purifier for your home?

When choosing an air purifier, it is important to consider the size of the room you’re trying to filter. Air purifiers are designed to filter a certain amount of air per hour, so make sure that you choose one that can handle your specific room size. Additionally, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, look for an air purifier that is designed to filter out specific allergens, such as dust mites or pet dander. It’s also important to research filters so that you know what type of filter your air purifier uses and how often it needs to be replaced.


Ultimately, an air purifier can help improve the indoor air quality of your home, which can help reduce the symptoms of respiratory conditions like asthma or allergies. Although Medicare may not cover the cost of an air purifier unless it is medically necessary, there are ways to cover the price. If you have any questions about your Medicare plan, talk to an expert today at 1-888-376-2028.

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