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Free Medical Alert System

We get a lot of questions from folks looking for a free medical alert system. In fact, many people consider our medical alert systems as free because they don't have to pay for the equipment. And while that is true, you don't have to pay for the equipment, that does not mean the medical alert system is free. Our clients pay a monthly fee (around $1 a day, depending on the features) for the medical alert monitoring service, and we provide the equipment for them to use at no cost.

So how do you get a free medical alert system?

Below are some resources that may be able to help you get a free medical alert system, or help with some of the costs. PLEASE NOTE: Our company does not provide no-cost medical alert systems - we provide the equipment for use at no charge, but you still pay for the monthly monitoring fee. Please do not call us to request a no-cost system as we do not offer them. The resources below are options you may be able to explore:

LifeLine Free Phone Program

LifeLine is a federal government program for qualifying low-income consumers designed "to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services."

The Lifeline discount can lower or eliminate the cost of your monthly phone bills. Only one discount is available per household, either landline or wireless, but not both. To qualify, seniors will likely have to be on some form of government assistance, such as:

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Social Security
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Medical Alert Monitoring Center

Visit LifelineSupport.org to see if you qualify and to find participating companies in your state.

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Veterans Administration Free Medical Alert System

The VA offers a free phone dialer that serves as a medical alert system for veterans. The hardware is almost identical to our HOME & YARD medical alert system with one important difference - the system is NOT monitored. The free medical alert system from the VA merely is programmed with three or four phone numbers and will dial them in the event of an emergency. Users are cautioned that some states prohibit programming 911 into a system like this - check your local laws.

We do not supply the free VA medical alert system - you need to contact the VA Veterans Administration directly to see if you are eligible for this service.

Private Insurance Free Medical Alert System

Check with your private medical health insurance company to see if they will cover the cost, or reimburse you, for a free medical alert system. The Insurance companies will want the Personal Emergency Response System Procedure Code, which for most insurance companies is "S5161". The cost of a Medical Alert System is considered as an eligible medical expense which can be paid for with funds in a Health Savings Account (HSA) and/or Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Your insurance carrier may ask for a prescription or doctor's note stating the need for the "personal emergency response system".

Medical Care Alert can bill your insurance company directly with their prior authorization, or work with you to provide the documentation you will need for reimbursement. In either case, we will ship your system once payment is received.

We have direct relationships with several insurance providers, including:

  • Crystal Run Health Care (NY)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)

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Medicaid or Medicare Free Medical Alert System

Generally speaking, medical alert systems or personal emergency response systems are not covered by Medicare. Check with your case worker, or local Office on Aging to obtain a Medicaid Waiver for medical alert systems. Some municipalities may provide medicare waivers for free medical alert systems, which are generally reimbursed after the fact.
Below is our list of State Agencies that may be able to assist you with a free medical alert system - check back as we will continue to expand this list of free medical alerts.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Maryland’s Department of Aging coordinates with 19 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to provide services and programs to its seniors. To see what services are available in your area, find your county below and call the phone number for more information and to see if you can qualify for a free medical alert system.

  • Allegany County - 301-777-5970
  • Anne Arundel County - 410-222-4464
  • Baltimore City - 410-396-4932
  • Baltimore County - 410-887-2108
  • Calvert County - 410-535-4606
  • Caroline, Kent & Talbot Counties - 410-778-6000
  • Carroll County - 785-242-7200
  • Cecil County - 410-996-8435
  • Charles County - 301-934-9305
  • Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico & Worchester Counties - 410-742-0505
  • Frederick County - 301-600-1605
  • Garrett County - 301-334-9431
  • Harford County - 410-638-3025
  • Howard County - 410-313-6410
  • Montgomery County - 240-777-3000
  • Prince George’s County - 301-265-8450
  • Queen Anne’s County - 410-758-0848
  • St. Mary’s County - 301-737-5670
  • Washington County - 301-790-0275

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

NC Medicaid Waiver Program

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Additional listings of resources for free medical alert systems can be found with this list of medical alert companies, including Medical Care Alert.

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