In a busy world, we create Canadian-made weighted products to settle the body, comfort the soul and provide calm because we believe that everyone should come home to a hug. But in the real world budgets and wallets rule. Weighted blankets are an investment item, an investment into your self care and mental well-being, but a cost nonetheless. We understand that weighted blankets can be expensive and don’t always fit into a tight budget. This is why at Hippo Hug we want to work with you to access all the resources available to you to get your weighted blanket funded by a third party if possible.
“Can I claim my weighted blanket on employee health benefits?” This is a very common question and we have had various degrees of success with helping customers get their weighted blanket covered by health insurance. We also have had customers ask about funding through several government programs such as Assured Income for the Severely Disabled (AISH), Indigenous Services Canada and other Provincial Indigenous Relations organizations, as well as Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) in Alberta and other similar agencies across Canada.
Some tips if you are looking for funding for your weighted blanket:
- Contact your benefit representative or case worker (for government programs) to ask if weighted blankets are a funded expense
- Ask your doctor for a prescription or note saying that you require a weighted blanket
- Collect any relevant forms and contact information
- Find out if you need a quote for approval before purchasing
- Contact Hippo Hug and we will work with you and your third party to help get your weighted blanket covered
We have had a wide breadth of experience getting weighted blankets paid for by third parties. As each organization has their own process for approval and payment, we have the patience necessary to assist you as best we can through the process.
Claiming Your Weighted Blanket Using Health Benefits
For health benefits claims we see the most success for claims using a wellness account, followed by health spending accounts and finally, and most challenging, as a medical device under employee benefits. Most often employer benefits prefer for the customer to make the purchase and then wait for reimbursement. Usually these plans require a prescription or doctor’s note. The most common process is buy the blanket and then wait for reimbursement.
Claiming Your Weighted Blanket Using Accident Benefits
Along the same vein is coverage by Accident Benefits if you have been in a motor vehicle accident. You will need to ask your adjuster if an expense for a weighted product is covered, and if they will require a doctor’s note. It will be your adjuster’s prerogative if they choose to allow Hippo Hug to direct bill (this is most common), or reimburse the cost of your weighted blanket. Most provinces have a similar program, although it may be named differently, in which services and medical needs are covered by either your vehicle insurance or the insurance of the other driver. The most common process is to order the blanket, we wait for payment, and you will receive the blanket once Hippo Hug is paid. This can take weeks or even months depending on the process for funding. We try to deliver the weighted blanket to the user as soon as we know payment is on its way.
Charity Funding for Weighted Blankets
There are also many third party charity funders that we have worked with. Usually we are contacted by a customer who already has funding approved. Sometimes it is the non-profit organization that gets in touch with a particular person in mind to receive the blanket. In these cases the process tends to be a quote for the weighted blanket, approval, ordering, waiting for payment, and then delivery. Again Hippo Hug tries to deliver as soon as we know payment is forthcoming.
Funding Through Government Agencies
The final groups that we have had experience working with to get a customer’s weighted blanket funded are both provincial and federal government agencies. In all cases the customer is aware that funding exists and contacts Hippo Hug to assist in the process. In most cases when the customer has a budget for program supplies they receive a quote for approval by their agency, pay for the weighted blanket themselves and then wait for reimbursement. In cases such as AISH or similar programs where the customer is requesting something not typically covered by their funding they have requested a quote and submitted it along with other evidence of need such as a doctor’s note. Hippo Hug has assisted in this by participating in communication with case managers or similar agents. With programs such as AISH the process has been quote, order, wait for direct payment from the government and then delivery of the weighted blanket.
We hope that this helps you in pursuing funding for your weighted blanket purchase from Hippo Hug. It is important to us to work with our customers to have the best experiences when choosing our unique Made in Canada weighted blankets and sensory products.