The SmartDrive is likely covered by your insurance, including Medicare, the VA, Workers Comp, and most private insurance. The insurance billing code is E0986. You will need to get a prescription for the SmartDrive from your doctor or therapist. You can print out this flyer and bring it in with you.
The SmartDrive reduces the number of repetitive pushes you do each day by taking over once you get going. It does not do all the work, so you are still getting plenty of exercise and activity. It just protects you from pushing too much.
Your insurance will not cover preventative medicine, so you need to qualify based on a condition that limits your independent mobility. There are many ways to qualify, including: pain in your shoulders or wrists, easily fatigued by pushing, difficulty pushing over carpet, or difficulty pushing up ramps or hills. It is up to you to protect yourself and ensure your shoulders stay healthy. Remember, you are your best advocate. Good luck!