Does Blue Cross pay for walk in showers?

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need a walk in shower

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Chris Moore is a certified aging in place specialist (CAPS) and the founder and president of Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc. He is a contractor with more than 24 years of experience in residential construction. He specializes in using the principles of universal design to help seniors age in place in their own homes. He writes a monthly column called Housing Matters on the Senior News website.

You asked,"Does Blue Cross pay for walk in showers?" In order to answer this question definitively you would have to read your policy and see what is covered and what isn't. Generally speaking, most medical insurance does not cover home modifications like a walk in shower. In Virginia, where I live there is a tax credit that will help offset some of the cost of this type of home modification. Additionally, the Veteran's Administration has programs that will pay for home modifications like a walk in shower. There are also civic and church groups as well as organizations like Rebuilding Together that often have funding available. Another lower cost alternative to a walk in shower would be to cut out the tub wall and use a product like the Safeway Safety Step. (at www.safewaysafetystep.com)