CPAP machines can be a game changer for those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Though one downside of the machines is that you have to clean them regularly. Because if you don’t, there is a real risk of them causing some nasty health problems.
Since CPAP cleaning machines are also vital in the lives of OSA patients, many have the question, “Does Medicare cover CPAP Cleaning Machines?” In this article, we answer that question in clear, plain English. You will also find the average costs of CPAP Cleaning Machines, as well as other helpful info.
Does Medicare Cover CPAP Cleaning Machines?
The short answer is no. In most cases, Medicare will not cover the cost of CPAP Cleaning Machines. That said, there may be some situations where you can get these costs covered. Below we’ll take a closer look at this to see when you might be able to get Medicare to pay for your CPAP cleaning machines.
Even though they are important for CPAP users, Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) does not provide coverage for CPAP cleaning machines.
Medicare does will pay for the actual CPAP machine themselves and many accessories. These accessories include masks, filters, tubing and more. However, CPAP cleaning supplies do not make the list of covered items.
It is also unlikely you can get coverage for cleaning supplies through a Medicare Advantage plan. However, it doesn’t hurt to check with your plan provider to see.
How Much Do CPAP Cleaning Machines Cost?
The cost of a CPAP cleaning machine differs depending on the type of cleaning machine. For starters, a UV light cleaner may cost from $250 to $350.
Another type of cleaning machine is activated oxygen, and you may pay from $80 to $360.
The cheapest option for a CPAP cleaning machine is Ultrasonic Tank. And it may cost you around $60 to $175.
What Is A CPAP Cleaning Machine?
Every time you use a CPAP you are required to clean it afterwards. That is because when your CPAP gets contaminated with various substances like germs and bacteria, you may inhale them. Inhaling germs, bacteria, and other foreign substances like molds will affect our respiratory and overall health and wellness.
That is what CPAP cleaning machines are made for. Their purpose is to clean the CPAP machines to prevent the user from getting sick. However, you don’t necessarily have to buy a cleaning device to clean your CPAP machine.
You can clean the machine and detachable parts yourself using water and soap. The only advantage of having a cleaning machine is that you will not have to do it yourself.
What Are The Types Of CPAP Cleaning Machines?
There are three types of CPAP cleaners and those are:
- Ultrasonic Tanks
- UV Lights
- Activated Oxygen
Ultrasonic tanks use cleansing tablets which are then dissolved in hot water. While the tank holds the hose or mask, ultrasonic pulses remove the dirt and other foreign substances.
UV lights are used to disinfect parts of the CPAP machine faster than other methods.
Activated Oxygen is used to remove particles more effectively. And it does not require disassembling the whole CPAP machine to clean it.
Note: Medicare coverage changes all the time. And your specific coverage may vary from plan to plan for Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans. Always be sure to double check with your health care provider and/or Medicare insurance provider about what your plan covers and what it does not.
Additional Info on Medicare Coverage
This article is part of our series on “What does Medicare cover?”
Also, you can check out other articles in this series including: Does Medicare cover infrared therapy?