The following information has been compiled from current cancer and alopecia sites and organizations. Although we do not guarantee approval or reimbursement, these tips may be helpful if you must wear a wig or hairpiece due to cancer treatment or certain types of alopecia (not certain common balding patterns). See notes below for:
(A) Possible insurance coverage, or
(B) Possible tax deduction
A doctor’s prescription must indicate your diagnosis (Example: ICD-10 diagnostic codes for Alopecia types, Chemotherapy or Radiation, Scalp Burns or Lacerations).
The prescription must indicate: “Cranial Hair Prosthesis Required.” Save all related documentation. Receipts from the suppler should indicate “Cranial Hair Prosthesis,” not “Wig.”
A “Cranial Hair Prosthesis” is a medical insurance term for a hair system for those suffering from hair loss due to medical conditions. Prostheses contain a combination of fabrics and compounds that are used to re-create natural hair growth patterns and the look of the scalp. Cranial hair prostheses are NOT budget or department store wigs. Prostheses are made of specialized material - sensitive to the needs of the individual. The fit is adjustable, and it is custom cut and styled. A budget wig may not be considered for reimbursement.
*Consult your oncologist, dermatologist, or other treating physician.
*Consult a tax accountant for professional guidance.
Note: All prices in US Dollars