How to Get Your Adult Diapers for Free or at a Discounted Cost
5 ways to get diapers for free
If you’re looking for the easiest way to access free adult diapers and other incontinence products, there are many affordable options to get supplies to help manage your incontinence.
1) Submit Sample surveys like ours at the top of the screen for free samples. Manufacturers may also offer coupons or special offers on their websites.
2) Insurance coverage through programs such as Medicaid (see details below)
3) VA Benefits
Incontinence products may be available at no cost to Veterans and current servicemembers through their VA Benefits, when prescribed through their primary physician. If you think you may qualify, talk to your doctor. The Tranquility VA Incontinence Guide provides contracted product lists for multiple VA Benefit programs.
Flexible Savings Accounts, or FSA, are dedicated accounts through employers where you can set aside money with the intention of saving it for certain healthcare costs. This can be a valuable resource as they are not taxed at either the federal or state level.
The money set aside in an FSA can be used for copayments, deductibles, prescription medications and also are sometimes eligible to be used toward incontinence supplies. There are a few different ways to redeem the money saved in an FSA to use for incontinence products, such as an FSA debit card or reimbursement forms. Learn more about FSA options here.
5) Diaper banks
Diaper banks can be a good resource for those who cannot afford to purchase full-price incontinence protection but also may not qualify for insurance coverage. These programs distribute their resources through local nonprofits, religious organizations and school family resource centers. These are typically ran on the local level, so we encourage you to contact your local facilities for eligibility information and how you may be able to get assistance from these great resources. Learn more about this type of service here.
Can you get Medicaid to pay for adult diapers?
Medicaid is a public health insurance program that provides health insurance coverage and long-term services for over 76.3 million Americans. The Medicaid program is designed to make necessary healthcare products, such as incontinence supplies, more accessible to those who need it.
In short – yes, incontinence products can be covered under Medicaid. However, depending on the state, the requirements to qualify can be complicated. Read our comprehensive Medicaid coverage blog here.
How do you qualify for free incontinence products?
As noted above, typically incontinence supply coverage is only available for the elderly, disabled or children with complex healthcare needs through Medicaid or state waiver programs. For programs such as Medicaid, it is important to remember rules for qualification can differ by state. Coverage amounts may also depend on brand and product type as well. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has many resources to help you figure out if you qualify for these benefits.
Please note that Medicare – a completely different federal program from Medicaid – typically does not cover incontinence products; for additional information regarding Medicare, we recommend visiting the federal website for Medicare.
Does medical insurance pay for adult diapers?
To learn if you can access free incontinence products through private medical insurance, we recommend reaching out to your provider.