AEROFLOW UROLOGY: Did You Know That Medicaid Provides Free Diapers and Pull-Ups for Children With Special Needs
Free Diapers and Pull-Ups Through Medicaid
For many parents of children with special needs, an often surprising realization comes when their child is unable or slow to potty train. For some children, this can range from issues holding their urine to not recognizing the signs of a full bladder and for others this can mean a lifelong journey with managing bladder leakage through usage of diapers, pull-ups or catheters.
The financial burden that can come with purchasing monthly supplies of diapers, pull-ups, and additional items such as wipes and disposable underpads / bed protectors can be a challenge. The good news is that most state Medicaid plans provide full coverage of these supplies for children with special needs over the age of 3.
Criteria for Receiving Diapers and Pull-Ups
In order for Medicaid to provide coverage of diapers and pull-ups for your child, they must be experiencing bladder or bowel incontinence on a regular basis. Your child must also have a secondary diagnosis that contributes to their incontinence. Often this is in the form of a specific condition such as Down syndrome, spina bifida, autism, developmental delay, neurogenic bladder, and other conditions or disabilities.
The second piece of criteria required by Medicaid is that your child must be over the age of 3 while experiencing bladder or bowel leakage. Some states may require that your child is over the age of 4 or 5, but that is less common.
Do All Medicaid Plans Provide Coverage of Incontinence Supplies?
Unfortunately not all Medicaid plans list continence care supplies as a benefit, however the majority do provide coverage of these necessary supplies.
When looking at supplies such as disposable diapers and pull-ups, most state Medicaid plans will fully cover a specific number of these products each month. Some Medicaid plans will also provide coverage of supplemental supplies such as gloves, wipes, and chux pads for additional protection against leaks.
What Products Could My Child Receive Through Insurance?
The supplies your child is eligible to receive will depend on their specific Medicaid plan benefits. If you are unsure which products will best suit your child’s needs, Continence Care Specialists such as those working for Aeroflow Urology, can talk you through various product types and features and can also provide you with samples of different products and brands. They’ll also advise how many products you can receive each month, all at no cost to you.
Diapers – Diapers, also called briefs as your child ages into youth and adult products, are typically the most familiar term for parents who are looking for products for their child. Diapers provide maximum absorbency and feature sturdy, refastenable tabs that make changing easy.
Pull-Ups – Pull-ups, or pull-ons, are another form of absorbent, disposable incontinence product that can easily be pulled on and off. Pull-ups feature an elastic waistband and leg openings for a secure, leak-free fit and are ideal for older, mobile children who prefer a product that closely resembles typical underwear.
Supplemental Supplies – Additional continence care supplies such as disposable or reusable chux pads, sometimes referred to as furniture protectors, as well as disposable gloves and wipes are often available at little or no cost through insurance and can be incredibly beneficial when helping your child with frequent changes.
How Do I Know If My Child is Covered for Free Diapers or Pull-Ups
Aeroflow Urology, a provider of continence care supplies through insurance, can help you determine your child’s coverage for incontinence products. They take the hassle out of working with your child’s insurance provider and will handle all of the communication and paperwork on your behalf. They’ll even work with your child’s pediatrician to confirm their specific needs and get the appropriate documentation to ensure your child’s supplies are fully covered.
The process to work with Aeroflow Urology is simple. Fill out their quick, two step form and they’ll take care of the rest (just make sure to have your insurance card ready when completing the form). If you prefer to talk with someone over the phone, you can call Aeroflow Urology at 844-276-5588 and speak with a specially trained Continence Care Specialist.
Once your information is received, you will be assigned a dedicated Continence Care Specialist who will begin working to verify your child’s coverage for supplies. They will contact you via phone or email to review the benefits available under your child’s insurance and will then work with you to determine the brand and product type that will work best for your child’s specific needs. Once confirmed, your child’s products will be shipped straight to your door. They’ll also contact you each month to advise when your next shipment will be on the way.