Preparing for your consultation.

 

If you think you might want a wig, buy it before treatment begins or at the very start of

treatment. Ask if the wig can be adjusted – you might need a smaller wig as you lose hair.

 

If you buy a wig before hair loss begins, we can better match your hair color and texture.

 

Be sure to get a prescription for the wig from your doctor, because the cost might be covered

by insurance.

 

If you are going to buy a wig, try on different styles until you find one you really like.

 

Consider buying two wigs, one for everyday use and one for special occasions.

 

Synthetic wigs need less care and styling than human hair wigs. They also cost less and may

be easier if you have low energy during cancer treatment.

 

Bring a friend and/or family member for support.

 

Whether you want a synthetic or human hair wig, we will do everything to accommodate your needs.

All services and wig consultations are by appointment only.

To set up your private consultation, call 701.772.3902 

 

Located at 2150 32 Ave South, Suite B, Grand Forks, ND 58201.

If you need to wear a wig because of medical reasons like Alopecia or cancer-related therapy, the “wig” should be called a “cranial hair prosthesis” for insurance purposes.  Your physician should be able to supply all the details and make the referral for the purchase of  your “hair prosthesis”. 

 

When receiving your hair prosthesis, have your  wig provider  complete an invoice for a “cranial hair prosthesis” NOT a wig and use the following guidelines for filing an insurance claim.

 

  • Check the benefits of your insurance.  There should be a section under “covered expenses” relating to prosthesis, prosthetic devices or medical durable equipment. Most companies don’t spell out exclusions so pay attention to the actual coverage.  This will help your case.

  • Make sure to complete the insurance form and have it signed by your physician.

  • Request that your physician write a “prescription” for a “full cranial prostheses” (not a wig) and a letter explaining hair loss and it’s effects.  It isn’t just for cosmetic reasons but for emotional well-being. 

  • Keep copies of your sales receipts or invoices for your cranial prosthesis.  (Portions of unpaid items by insurance are tax deductible)

  • Enclose a letter to the insurance company stating the necessity of a prosthesis.

Additional Suggestions:

  • Include a letter from your employer.

  • Take pictures of yourself without hair.

  • Hand write a letter detailing the emotional effects that your condition has had on your life.

  • Bring a copy of your prescription and paid bill to the American Cancer Society for partial reimbursement.

 

These steps are for reference.  Remember to follow the procedures outlined by your insurance company to receive the fullest benefits possible.  Individual insurance companies as well as the state insurance board (each state varies) may have other or additional steps to complete.

 

If you don’t have insurance contact your state or county agencies.  The county department of social services offers medical assistance in most states for individuals who meet certain income guidelines. 

 

Insurance companies are realizing cranial hair prosthesis are more and more necessary for recovery from Alopecia and cancer treatments.