This post was reviewed by our Director of Clinical Excellence and Oversight.
When people with Medicare realize how much incontinence products can cost, they ask an obvious question: Does Medicare cover incontinence supplies?
It’s a sensible question considering the cost Incontinence supplies ranges from $900-$4,000 per year. Unfortunately, Medicare can’t do much to help reduce that cost.
Does Medicare Cover Incontinence Supplies?
Unfortunately, Medicare does not currently offer coverage for any absorbent incontinent products. This means that products such as bladder control pads, adult briefs, diapers, pull-ons, and others all must be paid for through other means. Because Medicare is a national program, there is no difference in Medicare coverage between each state.
Although Medicare doesn’t cover absorbent incontinence products, there are non-absorbent urological options that Medicare does cover. Products like external catheters can be used to manage incontinence needs, and these could be covered by Medicare. The best way to determine if an external catheter could work for you is to speak with your doctor.
What About Medicaid?
But there is some good news for Medicaid recipients: Most Medicaid plans cover incontinence supplies. If you have Medicaid (or some private insurance plans), then you could use those benefits to get incontinence supplies.
The trick is simply knowing how to use those benefits to get the products you need. We’ve created a guide to Medicaid coverage that will shed some light on how to use your benefits.
If you have Medicaid and need supplies, contact us or sign up online. It only takes a few minutes and will help you both find the right product and learn your insurance coverage options.
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