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Medical Equipment Discount

Our MED Rate discount program is designed to help customers who have higher electricity costs from running certain energy-intensive medical equipment.To qualify for the $15 monthly MED Rate discount, a full-time resident of your household must have a medical requirement certified by a qualified health professional, which is defined as a licensed Doctor of Medicine, Osteopath, Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Physician's Assistant.

The MED Rate covers:
  • In-home dialysis cycler
  • Electric wheelchair
  • Oxygen concentrator
  • Extraordinary heating or air-conditioning needs due to a person's medical condition

Download the MED Rate application.

Medical Equipment Discount FAQs

Our MED Rate discount program is designed to help customers who have higher electricity costs from running specific qualifying energy-intensive medical equipment.

To qualify for the $15 monthly MED Rate discount, a full-time resident of your household must have a medical requirement to utilize a qualifying electrically powered medical device as certified by a qualified health professional. Qualified health professional is defined as a licensed Doctor of Medicine, Osteopath, Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Physician’s Assistant.

  • In-home dialysis cycler
  • Electric wheelchair
  • Oxygen concentrator
  • Extraordinary heating or air-conditioning needs due to a person’s medical condition.

  1. On the MED Rate application, enter the name and age of the full time resident living in the house hold that qualifies.
  2. Sign and date the application.
  3. Have a licensed qualified health professional complete and sign the application.
  4. Mail completed application to:
    Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    MED Rate, Mail Stop A203
    P.O. Box 15830
    Sacramento, CA 95852-0830

Beyond the information on this Web page, you can call SMUD Customer Service at 1-888-742-SMUD (7683).

Yes. This monthly discount for low-income households can be combined with the MED Rate program. This will help you get the most savings every month.

Please keep in mind that temporary power outages may occur—and be prepared!

SMUD knows how important reliable electric service is to our customers, especially those using medical equipment. We make every effort to prevent outages but cannot guarantee that they will not occur.

  • Keep phone numbers of emergency response agencies (e.g. 911, hospital, fire department, police) in a convenient location, in the event emergency assistance is needed.
  • Ensure batteries are fully charged each day if you use a battery-powered medical device and keep extra batteries handy.
  • Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy.
  • Have a back-up telephone that does not rely on electricity and battery-powered radio on hand.
  • Have an alternative plan in place to ensure the continuity of any medical needs. This may include making special arrangements to spend time with a friend or relative during an outage.

Portable generators can be handy, but they do pose risks. Keep yourself and our workers safe by learning to use a generator correctly.

If not properly installed, generators can send electricity back through dead power lines and electrocute you or an electric utility worker.

When using a generator, you need to make certain that no electricity is flowing back into SMUD lines. The law says you are responsible for any injuries or damage to your property, your neighbor’s property or SMUD’s property from an improperly installed or improperly operated generator.

If you would like more information about generators or other power outage emergency preparedness tips, visit us at www.smud.org/safety or call SMUD at 1-888-742-7683.

Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR)

This monthly discount for low-income households can be combined with the MED Rate program. This will help you get the most savings every month.

For more information, please see the Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR).

If the standard MED Rate does not meet your medical needs, you can e-mail MedicalDiscount@smud.org or call 1-888-742-7683.

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