INSURANCE OFTEN HELPS
Check Your Policy
Many health insurance plans cover part of the cost of medical wigs. How much depends on the individual policy.
This is the information that is most important to have prepared in advance:
Patient: Name, Address, Phone, DOB (Birth date)
Doctor: Name and a prescription for a “Medical Wig”.
Copies (front and back) of your Insurance Card
Insurance companies consider a wig as a prosthetic device (the same as an artificial limb).
Every Insurance Plan (even Government Insurance) may vary from state to state and between contracts with employers. Find out about your specific policy.
Ask your insurance provider for the dollar amount* your policy pays towards a Medical Wig.
*NOTE: If your insurance provider says they will pay 100%... it may mean 100% of their allowed limit. You will be responsible to pay for any additional amount that insurance does not cover.
Ask your doctor's office for a prescription for a Medical Wig.
They can help find out if you are covered and for how much, just like with any other procedure.
KNOW WHAT TO ASK...
- TIP:If they don't cover for cancer, ask if it is covered for Alopecia. The doctor may write it up as "Alopecia caused by chemo treatments".
- The term "Alopecia" (without a type specified) refers to any hair loss. Many insurance plans will cover some of the cost of your Medical Wig.
- HCPCS (The Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System):
for a Medical Wig = D5924
for Any Wigs = A9282
- NOTE:This is also a tax-deductible expense.