Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

L.A. Care covers the purchase or rental of DME supplies, equipment and other services with a prescription from a doctor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist. Prescribed DME items are covered as medically necessary to preserve bodily functions essential to activities of daily living or to prevent major physical disability.

Generally, L.A. Care does not cover:

  • Comfort, convenience or luxury equipment, features and supplies, except for retail-grade breast pumps as described under “Breast pumps and supplies” on the Maternity and Newborn Care page
  • Items not intended to maintain normal activities of daily living, such as exercise equipment including devices intended to provide more support for recreational or sports activities
  • Hygiene equipment, except when medically necessary for a member under age 21
  • Nonmedical items such as sauna baths or elevators
  • Modifications to your home or car
  • Devices for testing blood or other body substances (diabetes blood glucose monitors, continuous glucose monitors, test strips, and lancets are covered by Medi-Cal Rx)
  • Electronic monitors of the heart or lungs except infant apnea monitors
  • Repair or replacement of equipment due to loss, theft, or misuse, except when medically necessary for a member under age 21
  • Other items not generally used mainly for health care

In some cases, these items may be approved when your doctor submits a request for pre-approval (prior authorization).

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