How To Pay For Incontinence Equipment and Supplies

There are options for making paying for supplies more affordable.

The cost of incontinence equipment and supplies can feel overwhelming, especially for those on fixed or limited incomes. The following are a few options for making paying for necessary supplies more affordable:

1. Use coupons. There are coupons available for adult diapers. Do a Google search using the brand name of the absorbent product you prefer and “coupon” to see what you can find. Sometimes companies will offer coupons and discounts when rolling out a new product, and you can take advantage of the savings.

2. Use your discount prescription drug card. You can get a discount prescription drug card for free, and it can help you get a small discount on medical supplies and prescriptions. When buying absorbent products regularly, even this small savings can add up.

3. Know what is tax deductible. Keep the receipts because the cost for adult diapers can be tax deductible. Learn more by visiting: Tax deductible

4. Shop online. You can often get greater discounts and free shipping when purchasing online. The savings over purchasing supplies at a pharmacy or grocery store can be as much as 80%. In addition, online shopping provides discretion, as products are typically shipped in discreet packaging. 

5. Utilize Medicare, Medicaid, and Insurance, as well as third party assistance. Unless you live in a nursing home, Medicare does not cover adult diapers, but it may cover other incontinence supplies. Private insurance varies on its coverage of absorbent products, so check with your provider. There are also some 3rd parties who offer assistance, such as the Veterans Administration. In order to have specific brands such as Attends, Depend, Prevail, Tena or Tranquility paid for, the individual may need to get a prescription or statement of medical justification that explains the medical reasons for which a particular brand of adult diaper is necessary. Medicaid will often pay for adult diapers and other disposable, absorbent products, for those who qualify. Check with their local Medicaid office to determine if you are eligible.

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