• Cost sharing of wigs

    Asked by mistyb on Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Cost sharing of wigs

    I had taken a huge step and visited a wig shop and even picked one out in case I need one from chemo. I have since found out that my insurance will not cover any portion of the cost for a wig.
    Does anyone have any advice for organizations/stores, etc that would help cover a portion of the cost?

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Why not call your local hospital and ask them if they know of a free wig program in your area? I think it's a great idea to get one ahead of time, BTW. It's reassuring to be prepared. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • serenity101's Avatar

      Did you ask about wigs, which most insurance won't cover, or "cranial hair prosthesis" (there may also be other possible wording), which means exactly the same thing but is prescribed by your doctor, and many insurance companies will cover? If it still can't be covered, it looks like you can get a wig free through the American Cancer Society office in Kearney 3808 28th Avenue, Suite E Kearney, Nebraska 68845[phone number redacted]. I think that only includes their catalog of wigs, not wigs found elsewhere. If I come across a source of funding for other wigs I will let you know.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Not all insurance plans will cover wigs, regardless of what they are called -- I work in the insurance industry, and my own plan does not cover wigs. However, I called American Cancer Society, and they gave me the names of several places in my area that provide wigs at no cost. Ultimately I decided a wig would drive me up a wall and I stuck w/hats, turbans and scarves. Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I purchased a couple.One that was so small and uncomfortable that I donated it to the American cancer society. The second was from TLC an American cancer society company. Very reasonable and the wig was wonderful. I made sure I purchased the liners and a stand. I love that wig. It was so comfortable and real looking. The color was great.

      Wish I could wear it now but my own hair is too big. I have a full Sly Stone Afro going on..I love it.

      over 3 years ago
    • gsbasset's Avatar

      In our area there are several places you can go to claim a wig that is no longer in use. My infusion center had an area where people shared wigs, hats, scarfs, extensions etc. that they no longer needed. We also have a cancer support center at both hospitals where they do the same.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Like Serenity said, some insuarnce companies do not cover wigs but they do cover cranial prosthetic. Mine is one that does not require a prescription as long as you have a cancer diagnosis. Their limit was $250.00 for wigs. My insurance also paid for prosthetic nipples. No limit on cost or number of pairs of nipples ordered. I got 3 pair and plan to order the custom ones this year. There are many organizations that assist with wig purchases, just google it or ask at your local cancer center. Chemo brain has made me forget most of the ones I found before. I never ended up wearing any of my wigs except for fun. I just rocked my GI Jane.

      over 3 years ago
    • itsjustme736's Avatar

      You can go on a web site name www.ebeauty.com if you find a wig that you like they will mail it to you for free. Go up under Look Good Feel Better program in your area they have a program that will give you free makeup and you will be able to look through wigs also that will be free of charge and will cut them if need be. A very good support group. Let me know how this work out for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • itsjustme736's Avatar

      American Cancer Society can help with wigs and Prostheses [phone number redacted]

      over 3 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      Like some of the others mentioned, I got my first wig free from the local American Cancer Society. I bought a couple for very reasonable prices online - under $50. Like Nancebeth, I tended not to wear mine much, but I rocked the "Uncle Fester." Don't feel stuck that you have to spend a whole lot of money on wigs. There are some very reasonable ones out there - especially online. Good luck! (And just a tip .. don't buy wigs online while under the influence of Ambian! The results are not pretty!)

      over 3 years ago

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