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Insurance Coverage for Bedwetting Alarms

January 20, 2011 2 min read

Do insurance companies cover bedwetting alarms?

In most cases, insurance companies do not cover bedwetting alarms. Because no prescription is necessary, insurance companies do not feel the obligation to provide this medical equipment routinely.

The majority of families purchase a bedwetting alarm for their child out-of-pocket, similar to shoe inserts, braces and retainers, specialized sports equipment and other necessary items that their particular child needs and would benefit from.

Flexible spending accounts can certainly be used for items such as bedwetting alarms. More families are setting aside pre-tax dollars for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) items that are not reimbursable by insurers. Using this money for a bedwetting alarm to stop your child's bedwetting will save you many dollars in the long run.

In terms of medical devices, bedwetting alarms are relatively inexpensive. The cost of disposable pants and laundry do add up over time, not to mention medication co-pays and your child's self-esteem.

It is always a pleasant surprise to find that a product that your child needs is indeed reimbursable by your insurer. Bedwetting (Enuresis) alarms fall into the category of Durable Medical Equipment (DME). Your insurance policy should specify your coverage for DME or you can contact your insurer for this information for your own policy.

If the customer service representative wants to know the code for a bedwetting alarm, the HCPCS code for Enuresis Alarms is S8270. (Enuresis and bedwetting mean the same thing).

If your bedwetting alarm is reimbursable, submit your sales receipt to your own insurer and they send you the check. The Bedwetting Store does not participate directly with the insurance companies or do the paperwork involved. This allows us to keep our costs lower than going through a pharmacy. 

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