How Medicare, Medicaid or other programs may help you purchase a Knoxville Walk-in Tub

How Medicare, Medicaid or other programs may help you purchase a Knoxville Walk-in Tub

Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most absolutely necessary medical devices that people need. A new Walk-in Tub might be one of those medical devices, depending on your circumstances. There are specific things you need to do in order to get these helpful government programs to fund the installation of a Walk-in Tub in your home for yourself or a loved one. In rare circumstances Medicare will reimburse a patient’s walk-in tub expense or at least part of it. To get Medicare’s reimbursement, a medical doctor must write a prescription for the walk-in tub and explain exactly why the tub is medically necessary. Medicare will frequently still deny the claim. You need to think of Medicare as a possibility, not a guarantee. If they send some or all of the reimbursement to the patient, think of it as an unexpected bonus.

Medicaid and Knoxville Walk-in Tubs:

Medicaid is a different sort of government program than Medicare and they sometimes will pay for the installation of a walk-in tub. Each state has control over their Medicaid program and therefore the rules by which it operates. While California’s Medicaid program will not cover a medically necessary walk-in tub or a very low threshold shower, Colorado’s Medicaid program will under their Elderly, Blind and Disabled Persons Waiver. So, if the Walk-in Tub is medically necessary so that the patient can remain living in their home, then it might be paid for by their state’s Medicaid program. You need to check with your state’s Medicaid HCBS waivers if the patient qualifies for Medicaid.

Disabled Veterans and assistance in purchasing a Walk-in Tub:

There are many Veteran Assistance programs that will help pay for a disabled veteran’s walk-in tub:

  • Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant
  • Special Home Adaptation (SHA) Grant
  • Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant
  • Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS)

If the veteran was not disabled during the war but is an aging veteran, then the HISA Grant will pay for the installation of a Walk-in Tub. The VA Aid and Attendance, Housebound and other Pensions is a program that will reimburse the veteran instead of paying for it in advance of installation.

Other programs for financial assistance of buying your Walk-in Tub:

There are other programs that will help an elderly person in need of a walk-in bathtub, so that they can bathe safely at home for years to come. These are programs to investigate to see if you qualify for their benefits:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – You’ll need to be a low income senior and live in a rural area to use their grant for a home modification like a walk-in tub.
  • State Assistance for the Elderly programs – These vary greatly from state to state
  • Rebuilding Together – This is a nonprofit organization that may offset installation costs for a walk-in tub, especially a uniquely safety focused Walk-in tub from Knoxville Walk-in Tubs.

Getting help on the install cost of a Knoxville Walk-in Tubs walk-in shower:

There are many programs to help a person who needs a Knoxville Walk-in Tubs walk-in installed in their home so that they can continue to live at home independently. In addition to the options listed above, ask your accountant if you can deduct the cost from your tax return, in order to recoup some or all of the installation cost as well.

How various other government programs can help pay for a walk-in tub:

If you are considering having a Walk-in Tub installed in your home due to a medical necessity, there are many programs that might pay for that installation for you. Many people do not know that these programs exist to help seniors and the disabled bathe safely in their own home. Adding a walk-in tub is a medical necessity for many people and it requires some minor remodeling of a person’s bathroom. There are government programs and nonprofit programs that just might pay for your Knoxville Walk-in Tubs installation or reimburse your walk-in tub installation costs.

Do you qualify for financial reimbursement?

As we have seen so far there are many programs available that may help pay for your Knoxville Walk-in Tubs and/or installation. There are both state/federal programs and private nonprofit organizations that will give funds to help those who medically need a walk-in tub installed in their home. You will likely need to do a little homework in order to find out if you qualify for one or more of the programs that are offered.

Here are some of the programs that might help you financially with the installation of a walk-in tub in your home:

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • VA
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • State Assistance for the Elderly programs
  • Rebuilding Together
  • VA Aid and Attendance, Housebound and other Pensions
  • Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant
  • Special Home Adaptation (SHA) Grant
  • Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant
  • Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS)

Medicaid is a federal program, but each state runs its own Medicaid program. So, depending on the state, it might or might not pay for some or all of the installation of a Knoxville Walk-in Tubs walk-in tub. Many states will pay for it, if it is medically necessary.

Medicare will rarely pay for the installation of a walk-in tub, whether it is medically necessary or not, but it is always worth a try. You will need a prescription and a medical explanation from your doctor in order to ask for reimbursement from Medicare.

The VA has many programs that can help with the costs of a walk-in tub. They will help disabled veterans and also ageing veterans that were not disabled during wartime.

Rebuilding Together is a nationwide nonprofit organization that will help those in financial need to install a walk-in tub if they cannot afford to on their own.

US Department of Agriculture can help low income residents of rural areas with the costs for the installation of medical necessary equipment in the home, such as a Knoxville Walk-in Tubs walk-in tub.

Other state programs are sometimes available to financially help the elderly install a medically necessary walk-in tub. Ask your doctor or Knoxville Walk-in Tubs representative if they know of such programs in your area.

Barry Smith

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