Is the Ears Pinned Back Surgurey Covered by Medicaid?

i want to get my ears pinned back they stick out too much. Would that be covered by Medicaid?

Doctor Answers 7

Otoplasty Not Covered by Medicaid

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Otoplasty (ear pinning) is considered a cosmetic procedure and will not be covered by medicate despite the many physical and emotional benefits that the surgery can provide.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Elective cosmetic procedures arem not covered by insurance.

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Otoplasty is considered cosmetic and elective, not covered by insurance.  There are many financing options available for elective procedures.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Otoplasty Not Covered by Medicaid Health Insurance

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Otoplasty is considered an elective, cosmetic procedure that is not medically necessary. Therefore, it would be highly unlikely that Medicaid would provide any coverage for the procedure. 

John M. Hilinski, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Medicaid does not cover cosmetic surgery

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Hi there-

Otoplasty is fundamentally NOT a medically necessary procedure, and will therefore not be covered by Medicaid.

Otoplasty (ear pinning) not covered by Medicaid

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Otoplasty, the procedure to pin ears back is not covered by Medicaid. The surgery is elective and performed for cosmetic reasons. Medicaid and health insurance will only cover procedures and treatments that are medically necessary.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) is a Cosmetic Operation

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Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) is a Cosmetic Operation. Putting Prominent (Dumbo, Elephant or Obama), ears closer to the head and refining the second fold (antihelix) does NOT improve or restore ear function and is done to improve appearance.

ALL insurance companies and emergency and indigent care plans such as Medicaid (Cal Aid, Tenn Care etc) will NOT pay a part, much less the cost of any cosmetic operations. It would have to be paid for by you.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Otoplasty and Medicaid

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Unfortunately, otoplasty is usually not covered by any insurance, including Meidcaid, since it is deemed a cosmetic procedure and not a medical issue. They will cover ear reconstruction, but not for cosmetic changes to the ears.

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