Getting your wig cost covered

When filing your claim for insurance coverage for your medical wig, it’s vital that you use the correct terminology and diagnosis codes assigned by your prescribing physician when submitting your reimbursement claim.

Some common terms for medical wigs include:

· cranial prosthesis (CP)

· hair prosthesis

· cranial hair prosthesis

· extra-cranial prosthesis.

Let us help you find out if you’re covered!

Custom Crowns offers a free consultation and we’d love to speak with you.  Meet our caring experienced staff in a private and discreet setting where we can discuss your unique hair loss situation, evaluate your insurance coverage, and answer any questions you may have.

We understand how uncomfortable it can be to talk about hair loss so if you feel more comfortable we can even come to you.

Grant Coverage for Medical Wigs:

 

Thanks to the NAAF (National Alopecia Areata Foundation) many people are receiving assistance with the purchase of lace wigs! NAAF developed and manages a special program called the Ascot Fund. This pre-purchase program provides financial assistance towards the purchase of custom made lace wigs. The program is open to individuals who suffer from alopecia or similar condition and are experiencing financial hardship. Since its start in 2004, hundreds of individuals have benefited from this fund.

ELIGIBILITY:

You are eligible for the Ascot Fund if you meet the following requirements:
 

* have been diagnosed with alopecia areata by a dermatologist or doctor,
* are unable to purchase a hairpiece due to financial challenges,
* are not already in possession of the hairpiece shown on the application,
* have not already paid for the full balance of the cost of the hairpiece.
 

(The Ascot Fund is a pre-purchase program; reimbursements are not provided for any purchases paid in full either by credit card or other financial means).
 

The maximum amount awarded is $500. The applicant needs to be able to pay any balance beyond the award amount.
 

TO APPLY:

Follow the guidance below to find out if you qualify for a grant towards your custom lace wig.
 

To obtain the forms please call 415-472-3780 or E-mail: info@naaf.org and ask for the Ascot Fund Application form.
 

Select the lace wig that you would like from our website. We will not require payment from you at this time.
 

Request your Dermatologist's signature on the DIAGNOSIS FORM
 

Take special care when completing your application ensuring that all the steps are complete. The more information you provide the quicker your application can be processed. Omitted or incomplete information can cause a delay in your application process.
 

Once your application is approved, you will be notified by the NAAF. It that time we will begin constructing your custom lace wig

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

The  American Cancer Society provides a place for  cancer patients and their caregivers to stay while receiving treatment  in another city. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease. There are two hope lodges in Florida: Gainseville and Tampa. For more information, please use the link below.
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/hopelodge/

The Assistance Fund

The Assistance Fund Copay Assistance Programs offer financial support to individuals who need help paying for their portion of their specialty prescription medication after insurance has paid its portion.
https://theassistancefund.org

CancerCare/Linking A.R.M.S

Limited financial assistance for breast cancer patients for hormonal and oral chemotherapy, pain and anti-nausea medication, child care, transportation, lymphedema care, and durable medical equipment. A program in partnership with Susan G. Komen®.
www.CancerCare.org

Healthwell Foundation

The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance or required copayment. The Foundation may also assist by paying for part of costs associated with the medication. Also, if you are eligible for health insurance, but cannot afford the insurance premium, they  may be able to assist with your insurance premium.
http://www.healthwellfoundation.org

Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation

The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation provides monetary assistance to women under the age of 30 who are living with breast cancer. The organization assists with medical needs such as insurance co-pays or prescriptions, and also ancillary medical costs for items such as wigs and scarves. Applications may be downloaded from the Web site.  Applications are NOT accepted for non-medical items.
www.kristylasch.org

National Financial Resource Directory

This financially focused tool helps sort resources for a broad range of needs including housing, utilities, food, transportation to medical treatment, home health care, medical devices, and pharmaceutical agents.
http://www.patientadvocate.org/NURD/index2.php?application=financial

National Treatment Assistance Fund

The Susan G. Komen® National Treatment Assistance Fund bridges the gap for underserved individuals who are actively undergoing breast cancer treatment. This national program  helps those who are facing financial challenges by providing limited financial assistance, education, and support services to low-income, underinsured or uninsured women across the country. Funding helps women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, at any stage of the disease. Financial assistance is granted to women who meet pre-determined eligibility criteria. To learn more about these programs and other helpful resources, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

Patient Advocate Foundation

The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief (CPR) provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients, assisting them with prescription drug co-payments their insurance requires relative to their diagnosis. CPR call counselors work directly with the patient as well as with the provider of care to obtain necessary medical, insurance and income information to advance the application in an expeditious manner.
www.copays.org

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-pay Scripts

Programs designed to assist patients with insurance that have co-payments for chemotherapy or prescription medications. The programs are administered by diagnosis and patients must qualify financially and medically.
www.patientadvocate.org

Patient Services, Inc

Financial assistance program to help young women who are at high risk for breast cancer gain access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) screening.  This assistance is only for those patients that are undiagnosed or no longer have breast cancer and prescribed an MRI based upon a family history of breast cancer/ovarian cancer or BRCA positive indication.
http://www.patientservicesinc.org

The Pink Fund

The Pink Fund provides up to 90 days of non-medical financial aid to cover basic cost of living expenses. By providing this financial bridge, The Pink Fund helps to meet basic needs, while decreasing stress levels. These factors help breast cancer patients focus on healing, and improve survivorship outcomes and quality of life.
www.pinkfund.org

One time grant

Funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the PAF/Komen Treatment Assistance Program Financial Aid Fund will provide a one-time $300 grant to patients diagnosed with breast cancer who meet the program qualifications. These funds are to be used to cover expenses that result from the treatment of breast cancer including transportation costs associated with getting to and from treatment, lymphedema care and supplies, durable medical equipment, prosthesis or wigs, childcare and/or eldercare necessitated by treatment.  
http://www.patientadvocate.org/news.php?p=971

Sisters Network Inc National African American Survivorship Organization Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP)

The Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP) provides services to women facing financial challenges. The BCAP program provides financial assistance for but not limited to: for utilities, mammograms, ultrasounds, and medical accessories. This program also provides FREE mammograms for those who qualify.
www.sistersnetworkinc.org 

Other Programs

American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345

Offers programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need.

Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies 1-800-634-7346

Agencies provide help for medical equipment, supplies, prescriptions and transportation to medical care.

Cancer Care 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)

Offers a variety of financial assistance programs, call for eligibility requirements.

Cancer Resource Network – CancerResourceNetwork.org

Community resources to help individuals find services that will aid them in their personal cancer journey.

• Legal Assistance
• Advocacy Programs
• Assistance with Costs Related to Daily Living Expenses, Treatment, Medication, Wigs
• Education and more!

Catholic Charities, USA 1-703-549-1390

Some local offices have limited funding available to provide emergency financial assistance.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Help with food, provide clothing and furniture, and helps prevent homelessness by assisting with rent, utility bills, provide transportation, and support in many other ways.

  

County Specific

Cancer Alliance of Naples

Provides financial assistance with rent/mortgage payments, insurance, food, car payments, gas, household utilities and much more. Those applying for assistance must reside in southern  Lee or Collier County.

Daystar Life Center

Emergency help organization serving serving residents of Pinellas County.  Daystar provides the necessities of life to people in need to alleviate hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness.

Donna Foundation – (904) 242-0034

Provides financial assistance for Breast Cancer patients with utility bills, car payment, rent, etc. Those applying for assistance must reside in one of the following counties: Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, Baker, Putnam, Columbia, Bradford, Suwanee and Union.

Ribbon Riders Breast Cancer Assistance Program

Ribbon Riders contributes to help pay for essentials such as, rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, gas to travel to treatments, groceries, monthly insurance premiums, co-pays for medication etc. Those applying for assistance must reside in one of the following counties: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Marion, Sumter, Flagler or Polk.