Many private insurance companies recognize the benefits of light therapy and its cost advantages over antidepressant medication, so they may cover the purchase of a light box with a prescription from your doctor. In fact, 65-70% of insurance companies have reimbursed the purchase price of light boxes for the treatment of SAD, the winter blues and other mood disorders, PMS, sleep disorders and Shift Work Adjustment.
Be sure to first call your medical insurance company to see if they cover the expense of a light box and to discuss specific documentation requirements. Light therapy devices are not approved for reimbursement under Medicare, however, there is a HCPCS code that is now available that can be used for reimbursement for the Day-Light with selected private insurers.
Your chance of reimbursement is greatly improved if you submit the following to your insurance company:
- Letter with appropriate diagnostic criteria signed by your doctor. (For instructions and a sample letter, click here .)
- Prescription from your Doctor recommending 10,000 lux, duration and time of day to administer treatment.
- Receipt or invoice for purchase of your light therapy system.