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Insurance companies cover all kinds of prosthetics, but they don’t all cover the costs of a wig that is as important to a child’s recovery and self-esteem as any other prosthetic. While there are a number of groups that do amazing work to provide kids with wigs, these groups can’t be everywhere, and parents can’t always take their child to the organization. It’s time we require insurance to provide coverage for wigs so that no child who needs one has to go without.

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–State Representative Kevin Hertel

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Wigs can be expensive, with prices ranging from hundreds of dollars to thousands and that can put a wig out of reach for a family already dealing with the out-of-pocket costs of an illness or a medical condition. That is why, in addition to requiring insurance companies to cover wigs for kids, we also need Medicaid to cover this cost as well. No child should go without just because their parents don’t have insurance through their job. We need to make sure all of our children are covered regardless of family income.

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–State Representative Jon Hoadley

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“These children suffering from a condition that causes hair loss are also sometimes the victims of bullying, which just makes their situation that much worse. A wig can make all the difference in the world in a child’s outlook and attitude, but the cost can be prohibitive for many families. That’s why in these cases it’s just common sense to have insurance coverage for wigs for kids.”

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–State Senator Steve Bieda

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Hair loss can be devastating to children who are dealing with significant medical challenges, and we should support both their physical and emotional well-being as they go through treatment. I look forward to support from both sides of the aisle and in both legislative chambers so that we can help out these courageous kids and their families.

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–State Senator Rebekah Warren

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We’ve all seen children look in a mirror and smile, laugh and like what they see. But children who suffer from hair loss because of a medical condition or treatment don’t always like what they see in the mirror. We’re familiar with groups that provide wigs that can make these kids feel good about themselves again. But the demand is great and these groups still have to cover the cost of the wigs and products they provide to these kids free-of-charge.

House Bill 4357, House Bill 4358, Senate Bill 0234 and Senate Bill 0235 would require insurers and Medicaid to provide coverage for human or synthetic hair replacements to children under the age of 19 who have experienced hair loss as the result of a medical condition or the treatment of a medical condition. These bills have bipartisan support, and says that insurance coverage for wigs cannot be less than coverage offered for any other prosthesis.

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While a number of organizations in Michigan provide wigs and other support free-of-charge to thousands of children every year suffering from hair loss, these organizations still have to cover the costs of the wigs and products they provide. Please sign the petition in support of these bills so that all children can receive the wigs, hair replacements and products they need.

How You Can Help

Here’s another way you can promote awareness of this issue. Hair professionals may download a special PDF created just for them to clip and post on their mirror. We’ve also created a PDF to download and hand to a friend or hair professional that might not have been aware of this issue. Thank you for your support in this effort to get children with hair loss the coverage they deserve.