Does Medicare Pay for Blood Pressure Monitors at Home?

by David Bynon, last updated

Medicare will cover you if you have abnormal blood pressure and your doctor prescribes a blood pressure monitor for home use.

Does Medicare Cover Blood Pressure Monitors?

This article will examine when and how Medicare covers in-home blood pressure monitoring equipment.

Key Takeaways

  • Blood pressure monitors are useful devices to have if you are experiencing symptoms of abnormal blood pressure.
  • Blood pressure that is either too low or too high can cause various health conditions, so it is good to have a monitor to check your condition.
  • Medicare will only cover blood pressure monitors for dialysis patients and people with white coat hypertension.
  • Medicare Advantage will cover blood pressure devices under the same conditions as Original Medicare, but the out-of-pocket cost may differ.
  • An average blood pressure monitor will cost between $40 to $100 without Medicare coverage.
  • Most pharmacies have a free seated blood pressure monitor, but the accuracy can vary between monitors.

Why Would I Need a Blood Pressure Monitor?

You may need a blood pressure monitor for at-home use if you are regularly experiencing symptoms of abnormally low (hypotension) or high (hypertension) blood pressure. Using a monitor can help you make blood pressure measurements and if it is being affected by your condition and/or lifestyle.

Low Blood Pressure

Outside of a blood pressure monitor, signs of low blood pressure can, “Low blood pressure (hypotension)“, Accessed December 3, 2021

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Exhaustion
  • Inability to focus

High Blood Pressure

Symptoms of high blood pressure are more difficult to detect without a monitor, often only showing subtle early symptoms such, “High blood pressure (hypertension)“, Accessed December 3, 2021

  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds

If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to serious health conditions,, “High blood pressure (hypertension)“, Accessed December 3, 2021

  • Heart attacks/heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney disease (End-Stage Renal Disease)
  • Damaged blood vessels in the eyes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Difficulty with memory or understanding
  • Dementia

How Much Does a Blood Pressure Monitor Cost?

Typical blood pressure monitors cost around $40 to $100 without Medicare coverage and can be bought at most local pharmacies. Lower-end blood pressure monitors are typically worn on the fingers or wrist, while higher-end blood pressure cuffs are fitted around your upper, “Blood Pressure Monitor Buying Guide“, Accessed December 3, 2021

Public blood pressure machines are available at most pharmacies at no cost. However, some of these machines can produce inaccurate readings if the cuff is not adjustable and/or if they are not made to the standard of medical-grade, “How accurate are the blood pressure machines in grocery stores and drugstores?“, Accessed December 3, 2021

When Does Medicare Cover Blood Pressure Monitors?

Blood pressure monitors for use at home are not generally covered by Medicare. However, there are two exceptions:

  1. A blood pressure monitor for a patient receiving blood dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) in the home;, “Dialysis services & supplies“, Accessed December 22, 2021
  2. An ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) device, which takes and stores blood pressure readings in 24-hour cycles, for a patient who, a physician believes, has white coat hypertension (artificially high blood pressure readings when taken in a doctor’s office) based on repeated in-office and out-of-office, “CMS Expands Coverage of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)“, Accessed December 22, 2021

When approved, Medicare Part B covers the cost of renting the blood pressure monitoring device. The device must be rented through a Medicare-certified medical equipment, “Durable medical equipment (DME) coverage“, Accessed December 3, 2021

Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are required to provide coverage for the same services and supplies as Original Medicare (Part A and Part B ). While this means that Medicare Advantage plans will cover blood pressure monitors, they will only cover them under the same conditions as Orginal Medicare, as listed, “How do Medicare Advantage Plans work?“, Accessed December 3, 2021

Medicare Advantage members will also be required to receive these services and supplies from providers within their plan’s network. Your out-of-pocket costs with Medicare Advantage can also differ from Original Medicare’s out-of-pocket costs for the same, “How do Medicare Advantage Plans work?“, Accessed December 3, 2021


While Medicare will pay for a portion of a blood pressure monitor under limited circumstances, in most cases you will have to pay for one out-of-pocket. Thankfully, most blood pressure monitors are within affordable price ranges and are readily available at your local pharmacy.


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