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    • #19966
      Micki
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      My doctor suggested I get a cooling vest to get through this summer heat.     The ones that look comfortable and easy to wear are pricey.    Does anyone know if Medicare covers?

       

      Thank you

    • #19971
      Ed Tobias
      Keymaster

      Hi Micki –

      Medicare may cover it as a piece of “durable medical equipment” but you’d need to get a doctor’s prescription. But, if you meet the income requirements the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America provides them at no cost. https://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/cooling-products/

      Ed

    • #19983
      Micki
      Participant

      Thanks, Ed – I saw that MS Society did that.   And , I am going to check with Medicare.   Actually, not out of my price range but, if I’m going to invest I want it to be comfortable to wear.   Don’t want to invest that kind of $$ and then have sit in a closet somewhere.

       

      I hope you are doing all you can to be safe.   Micki

    • #19990
      Ed Tobias
      Keymaster

      Good luck, Micki. Always good to hear from you.

      Stay cool!

      Ed

    • #20374
      shorty
      Participant

      G’day, I am in Australia so summer is coming and looking forward to 40+ degree Celcius temps, NOT. The best cooling vest I have found is

      https://www.polarproducts.com/polarshop/pc/Adjustable-Cooling-Pack-Vests-c535.htm

      Phase change ones, frozen cooling packs that melt while using, are the most effective and water ice is more effective than gells. Evaporative vests are least effective. You also need to be able to have spare freezer packs so one set can be refrozen while the other is in use.

      As for expense, you can buy versions of these on Ebay for about $20. They are not very durable but if you are not working or very active they are effective. I started with one of these because they are cheap to try to see if they work for you. It lasted most of the summer and some of the gell packs, you fill them with water when you get them,  started leaking. Velcro tabs also came off. I was using it under the shoulder straps of my HFAD though in my workshop and around my block so it was subject to a bit of stress.

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