What is durable medical equipment and how do I get it?

Who is this for?

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members under age 65.

If you’re recovering from an operation or an illness, you may need extra help. 

Maybe you need a wheelchair to get around, an oxygen tank to help you breathe or supplies to help you manage diabetes. Or maybe you've had a baby and need breastfeeding supplies like a breast pump. That's durable medical equipment, or DME.

How to get durable medical equipment

First, you’ll need a prescription. As with medication, your doctor can tell you what equipment you’ll need and write you a prescription for it. 

Then, you’ll need to find a supplier that takes your plan. Simply use our Find a Doctor tool on bcbsm.com or our mobile app, and search for durable medical equipment.

You might also want to check your plan benefits. The best way to get information about your plan is to log in to your account. You can do that using our website or through our mobile app.

Once you log in:

  • Go to My Coverage, select Medical and then What’s Covered. 
  • Look for or search durable medical equipment. (Some members may find it in the other covered services category.)

If you need more help

You can always give us a call. Just use the number on the back of your Blue Cross ID card.