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Step-By-Step Funding Guide For AngelSense
Many of our customers have succeeded in getting funding for AngelSense Assistive Technology through Medicaid waivers, insurance companies, local government offices, organizations, schools and other sources.
Below are a few steps that might assist you with getting funding in your area.
Step 1: Contact your insurance company, state Medicaid program office or local special needs organization to find out/confirm exactly the services and funding for which you’re eligible to receive.
- If you are already receiving services under a specific program, check with your caseworker to understand any necessary evaluations or steps required before adding services to your child/loved one’s individual service plan.
Step 2: Gather supporting documentation for requesting AngelSense Assistive Technology. The more supporting documentation you have, the easier it will be to establish the need for AngelSense with your funding coordinator, insurance agent, local organization etc. Some examples of supporting documentation include, but are not limited to the following:
- A formal diagnosis. Ask your family doctor to write you a diagnosis letter i.e., for Wandering. Here is a Sample Doctor Letter with a Wandering Code your doctor can personalize. Be sure to ask your doctor to include the recommendation phrase: “AngelSense Assistive Technology for Wandering Prevention.”
- A recommendation letter from your family doctor. Ask them to write you a letter recommending AngelSense Assistive Technology as the tool to help effectively manage your child’s/loved one’s needs (e.g., having a lifesaving safety measure in place and providing a less restrictive environment) and support the goals you’re trying to achieve (e.g., enhancing independence, increasing community engagement, skill-building, etc.).
- Documented anecdotes or examples of behavior supporting your request.
- The AngelSense Assistive Technology Product Description and price quote for AngelSense Assistive Technology & service plan.
Step 3: Make an appointment with your caseworker or funding coordinator, insurance agent, or local organization and prepare your supporting documentation, mentioned above, to make a formal request for AngelSense Assistive Technology or to add it to an existing service plan.
- Please note that funding options vary case by case, from state to state, and company to company. We do not guarantee that you will be approved for funding or reimbursed, but we will help you as much as possible with the process.
- In many states, AngelSense has been covered for eligible participants through Medicaid HCBS waivers.
- Some private insurance companies have covered AngelSense as an out-of-network service or have approved customer reimbursement for our service, but again, is largely determined on a case-by-case basis.
- AngelSense is unable to bill Medicaid or private insurance directly and therefore you are responsible for payment and submission of the paperwork required for reimbursement.
- AngelSense is open to becoming a vendor with organizations and local agencies who provide or facilitate funding for services. Please have your caseworker or local organization contact us to see if AngelSense must first become a vendor or provider, for services to be provided. Here’s our W-9 if requested.
Please feel free to contact us to share your funding experience to get AngelSense. We would love to share your experiences with relevant families looking for funding assistance.
Tax deduction (USA): The AngelSense service expense is tax-deductible in certain states. Download: AngelSense GPS W9 2023
The Disability Funding Guide for Children with Disabilities by Tamara Simmon. Process for applying to the various funding sources that assist children. It features tips and advice for the greatest chance of being selected and includes a directory of over 200 funding sources divided into three categories: National, State and Wish Funders.
Kids Waivers: Medicaid waiver directory by State. Learn about this project and the various different types of waivers/programs that serve children with disabilities and medical conditions in the United States. Coordinated by Complex Child Magazine, is intended to simplify the process as much as possible and provides a comprehensive resource of all Medicaid waivers and programs for children, including 1915(c) HCBS waivers, 1115 demonstration waivers, TEFRA/Katie Beckett programs, and state-based programs.
Funding in Canada
AngelSense users in Canada have shared with us that they received financial aid via Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities and also for the disability tax credit.
First Nations families in Canada can get their device and service funded via Jordan’s Principal program.
Funding in UK
This list includes some charities offering grants for families with children with special needs. Many of these organisations offer a lot more than grants, including information, advice and many other services. But if you’re specifically looking for grants for your child, then this is a good place to start your research. https://www.mumsnet.com/special-needs
Notable US Funding
California: Carlos Vieira Foundation Direct-Help Grant Program is offered to provide up to $500 of services, medical necessities, and educational tools to families affected by autism within Central California. Families must complete the application, provide all required supporting documentation, and the child must meet the three following requirements to be considered eligible: Under the age of 18. Resides within one of the following 21 counties: Merced, Glenn, Stanislaus, Butte, Madera, Colusa, Mariposa, El Dorado, Tuolumne, Sutter, San Joaquin, Yuba, Fresno, Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, Shasta, Kings, Tehama, Tulare, or Kern. Diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Apply here: https://carlosvieirafoundation.org/programs/race-for-autism/direct-help-grant-program.html
Ohio: Medicaid Waiver Program Level One, Individual Options and SELF. AngelSense is a statewide Medicaid waiver provider of assistive technology in Ohio.
Michigan: Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOMI) has recently joined forces with us in order to provide funding to more families in Michigan! Here is a link with a form to fill out and someone from AAOMI will contact you in order to discuss your eligibility.
Wisconsin: Medicaid Waiver Program CLTS, IRIS, and CCOP. Many individuals with special needs across Wisconsin have successfully received funding for AngelSense Assistive Technology + 1 year of service through a variety of programs and benefits, especially the CLTS Medicaid waiver. AngelSense is an approved provider in Wisconsin. Click for more information
- AngelSense GPS W9 2023 document (pdf)
- AngelSense Product Description document (pdf)
- We cannot guarantee that you will get funding and requirements vary from state to state.
- These tips are from our users and we cannot guarantee 100% accuracy or approval.
- The process can sometimes take 3-6 months.
- The private Facebook group is for current customers only.
- Please let us know if you find a mistake on this page so we can update it.