Will Medicaid Cover Depends: Alternative Diapers

Medcaid: An Overview

Medicaid was first developed as an outcome of the Social Security Amendments of 1965. This long-standing program has been a crucial resource for many citizens in the United States over the past several decades.

Medicaid offers many benefits which is largely why it has been so successful for so long. The primary benefit is that it provides health coverage to low-income people and is one of the largest payers for health care in the United States. The January 2020 enrollment report states that Medicaid currently covers over 63.9 Million people in the United States. The United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey reports an estimated ~327M people in the U.S. make up the total population. This means that around 19% of the population relies on Medicaid. That’s a significant portion of the population! This massive program helps support those who otherwise have very limited options for healthcare.

Medicaid and Incontinence

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One of the more challenging aspects of the program is the lack of clear information regarding benefits. Federal law requires states to provide certain mandatory benefits and allows states the choice of covering optional benefits, increasing confusion as benefits vary by state. Medicaid plans usually only cover incontinence supplies if they are determined to be medically necessary by a doctor. That means a doctor must confirm these products are essential to manage a medical condition. Otherwise, Medicaid will not pay for the supplies. Paperwork will also need to be submitted to the insurance provider for the product to be covered. Each Medicaid plan has different requirements for what documents are necessary. So while it would be much easier just to pick up a local pack of briefs or pads at a store, that is not always an option when you want it to be covered by Medicaid.

Whether you are searching for the right incontinence solutions for yourself or another adult with incontinence, you may be wondering what supplies are covered and what supplies are not covered by Medicaid. It is important to know what supplies are covered because purchasing supplies that are not covered can become a significant financial burden on one’s personal expenses

Does Medicaid Cover Depends?

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Members of Medicaid plans can attest to the ambiguity of Medicaid plans; It is not always clear what incontinence supplies are covered by the program. Certain brands like Depend incontinence products, (often referred to as “Depends”), are only found in retail stores. This brand is sold in large stores like Target, Walmart, and Walgreens. They also spend significant dollars to run ads on television and magazines. This means that you will likely find Depends adult diapers at your local super-market or see it inside of a magazine ad, but unfortunately, they will not be covered by Medicaid.

Alternatives to Depends

Although Depends are not covered by Medicaid plans, it is easy to get similar pull-ons, adult diapers, briefs, and incontinence pads which will suit your needs. There are dozens of incontinence brands available today and many of those can be purchased online. We offer many alternatives on our website ComfortPlusOnline.com. So many alternatives exist that offer the same quality as Depends, if not of even greater quality!

At ComfortPlusOnline.com web store we can help guide you to the right product.

On our website, you are able to browse via categories, such as:

  • Incontinence
  • Hygiene
  • Bedroom
  • Daily living
  • Samples

If you are struggling to find a covered solution, we encourage you to contact our customer support team and ask for “Medicaid Support” specifically.

Quality Incontinence Product Alternatives

Our store, ComfortPlusOnline.com offers incontinence products from a variety of brands. We will happily work with you to ensure you find the right product(s) that best meet your needs. Whether you are struggling with light or heavy incontinence, urinary or fecal incontinence, or other incontinence-related issues – we carry solutions for every kind.

The right adult diaper can transform your life, giving you the confidence to pursue the activities you love with the people you love. The best solution will be the most absorbent and comfortable, eliminating odors and keeping skin dry.

Not sure which is the best option for you? We recommend starting by exploring our adult diapers guide to find the right alternative product for you. This guide is a robust break down of the best diapers based on specific needs.

You can also browse our product selection guide to search products by their level of absorbency (light, moderate, heavy, maximum, maximum plus) or by the type of incontinence. We have products specifically tailored to incontinent types such as:

  • Stress
  • Urge
  • Overflow
  • Reflex
  • Functional
  • Extra needs
  • Maximum protection plus

If you need additional assistance, our customer service team would be happy to help via the phone at 888-656-8055 or via email at service@comfortplusonline.com. Phone lines are open from 8am-5pm eastern time, Monday through Friday. Whether you need alternative adult diapers, briefs, or another solution, our customer service representatives have many years of experience. They will be able to expertly advise the best solution for you. We will not give up until you are 100% satisfied!

Adult Diaper Alternatives

We offer many incontinence supplies alternatives to Depends, including options from these great brands:

  • Tranquility
  • Select
  • ComfortCare
  • Swimmates
  • REliamed
  • Tena
  • Attends
  • Aloe Vesta
  • Abena

One of our most popular adult diapers is this Tranquility Disposable Overnight Absorbent Underwear. It absorbs over a quart of liquid and has a soft, full-rise waist for a comfortable fit. This adult diaper also features a peach mat core which guarantees skin dryness, odor reduction, pH neutralization, and inhibition of bacterial growth. It is a simple “pull-on” design, making it super easy to put on or take off. There is also both a daytime and an overnight version of this disposable underwear. Sometimes we find that customer reviews tell a product story best. We love this review of the Tranquility Disposable Overnight Absorbent Underwear from current Comfort Plus customer, RBB:

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“Bought these pull ups and boosters for my mom at the recommendation of Lisa at Tranquility. Lisa was recommended to me by a social worker who is caring for my mom. I cannot thank Lisa enough for the time she spent explaining this whole process and product line to me. She was 100% correct in her recommendations and how to best use these Tranquility products. The leaking has stopped and frankly although these are slightly more expensive in the end it’s cheaper than store bought. We will continue to use these products.”

We love seeing happy customers and strive to make every customer experience great! Our goal is to make sure you feel empowered, satisfied, and want to return to our store again and again.

While the specific product mentioned is one of our best sellers, keep in mind that everyone has unique needs. One product that works for someone, may not work for someone else. It is very common to need to try a couple of different options in order to find the best one for you. When exploring for the right solution, keep in mind your unique needs.

Please check out best adult diapers guide for an overview of all products and their unique benefits or contact a member of our customer service team for additional support.

Where to shop

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At ComfortPlus, we have many alternative adult diaper, briefs, and incontinence solutions to Depends. We pride ourselves on quality customer service. Our customer service teams are available via phone from 9AM-5PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday. Outside of those hours (or anytime), they can be reached via email. You can also leave a message through our online Contact Us form which can be found here.

We also offer subscriptions on most of our products, so you do not need to remember to order again online or over the phone – it just shows up at your door! You also save 5% on every subscription order and always get free shipping without any required minimum purchase!

All of our packages come in discreet packaging and boxes to maintain your privacy. No nosey neighbor needs to know what is inside!

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you may return any product that is unopened, unmarked and in the original packaging within 30 days of the purchase for a full refund.

We have proudly been in business since 1992. Throughout the years, our mission has always been the same. Our mission is to give the incontinent person dignity, self-esteem and freedom to enjoy the things they have always enjoyed. Comfort Plus is committed to helping our customers achieve this by providing the very best incontinence products with personalized customer support at reasonable prices.

Comfort Plus Story

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One of the best ways to tell our story at Comfort Plus, is to share this letter that our founder, Martha O’Neill, wrote to customers during the starting years of her business. Please see below –

Bessie Shippey, my grandmother, music teacher, substitute mother, mentor, and my personal hero was, at 98, physically abused in a residential care home. Unfortunately, as a result of 14 months of abuse, she became incontinent. I became the caregiver in my own home because she was suffering from skin breakdown, odor and embarrassment due to inferior incontinence products being used. I felt compelled to search for a product that would keep her free from this distress and allow her to regain her dignity.

This situation motivated me to attend the Med-Trade Show in Atlanta, Georgia to search for a solution. At this largest of medical trade shows I was able to see every incontinence product on the market and review their merits. I was thoroughly impressed with Tranquility Incontinence Products; they were simply the best!

To my surprise not only did I find a product to help my grandmother but also I was able to become the Southwest distributor for Tranquility. I felt this opportunity was the answer to my prayers and Comfort Plus Medical Supply, Inc. was born.

We are so thankful for Martha’s never-ending drive and courage to start Comfort Plus. From a hard situation, she spread so much positivity and hope into other peoples’ lives. We aim to continue her legacy by helping every incontinent patient regain their independence and freedom.

If you are searching for an alternative to Depends for Medicaid coverage, please check out all of our offerings at ComfortPlusOnline.com or contact our customer service for support.

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