Funding Assistance for Children's Prosthetics

Many health insurance plans only offer partial payment for a child's artificial limb. In some cases, specific prosthetic procedures and technology, such as object-compliant hands, a multi-joint prehensor, electronic hand or fully configured bionic arm may be excluded as "not medically necessary."

Meeting deductibles and co-pays for these prosthetic devices and services can be difficult for families, particularly since children generally outgrow a myoelectric prosthesis every 18 to 24 months. These deductibles and co-pays can add up to several thousand dollars.

The Variety Myoelectric Center also offers access to resources for parents seeking an up-to-date analysis and interpretation of their current health care insurance policy as it relates to coverage for various prosthetic services and procedures, such as an electronic hand, object-compliant hands, prosthetic terminal device, expedited prosthetic fitting, multi-joint prehensor or a complete bionic arm.

The Center's staff will work with families to evaluate all funding options, including securing funding through Variety the Children's Charity-Detroit.