How to Submit to Medicare for a Wig

How to Submit to Medicare for a Wig
Mannequins displaying wigs.

Step 1

Obtain a prescription for a wig or hairpiece. Your doctor may agree to write one if you are losing hair due to cancer, chemotherapy or a related condition, or simply due to a skin or scalp disorder.

Step 2

Enroll in Medicare Part B. This is an optional Medicare program that covers physician services and durable medical equipment costs, as well as lab fees. You will probably have to await an open enrollment period and pay a monthly premium. Medicare Part B does not pay directly for wigs; however, it is a prerequisite for participation in Part C, Medicaid Advantage.

Step 3

Enroll in Medicare Advantage, Part C. This is a way for eligible seniors to access their Medicare benefits through contracting with a managed care company. Medicare does not pay for wigs, but some managed care companies do. Individual plans vary, so check with the managed care company sponsoring your plan. Again, you will likely have to wait until your open enrollment period to apply for Medicare Advantage.

Step 4

Submit the claim to your Medicare Advantage company according to its policy and procedure manual. You may have to make the wig purchase at a store that frequently serves people with medical issues and is familiar with processing insurance claims.