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Buddy Bike, LLC manufactures and distributes The Buddy Bike® an alternative tandem bicycle that provides safe family fun and therapeutic activity for cyclists with special needs. Bike for autism, down syndrome, sight impairment and other disabilities.

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Funding Options

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Many families have obtained funding to purchase the Buddy Bike as therapeutic equipment for children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities such as autism, Down Syndrome, sight impairment, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and hypotonia. Below you will find a list of ideas for seeking medical funds to purchase the Buddy Bike as therapeutic equipment. Many families have found success through their Department of Developmental Disabilities or their county's Department of Health & Human Services or other similar organization and have used a variety of medical waivers. If you do not qualify for state or county funds, we offer alternative funding suggestions based on the successful fundraising efforts of other families. According to Laura in Lakewood, CO, she was initially denied and filed several appeals but she eventually obtained the support she needed through a local organization.

Although Buddy Bike does not offer funding programs and we are not a Medicare provider, we are happy to work with your funding sources to help make your dream of having a Buddy Bike become a reality!

Please note that Buddy Bike nor any of the organizations listed below can guarantee that you will qualify for funding.


Special Programs


PayPal offers a payment plan to allow qualified customers to ride now and pay later!

Click to learn more about PayPal installments.

To request a PayPal invoice so you can apply
contact shelley@buddybike.com or 786.489.2453.


The Great Bike Giveaway by The Friendship Circle is an annual online event that offers a chance to WIN or EARN a Buddy Bike or other adaptive bicycle! Registration opens annually in February. For more information visit THE GREAT BIKE GIVEAWAY.

Buddy Bike is not participating in the 2020-2021 Great Bike Giveaway but other great adaptive bicycles will be available.


Durable Medical Equipment - DME Code


The Buddy Bike may qualify as HCPCS Code E1399 DME Miscellaneous and has also been covered as HCPCS T2029 Assistive Technology - Tandem Bicycle.

"In cases where a more specific HCPCS code is not available, a product may be billed using E1399, durable medical equipment, miscellaneous. In order for durable medical equipment to be covered or reimbursed in the home, many third-party payers require the equipment to be: (1) prescribed by a physician (2) durable (3) medically reasonable and necessary."

Problems that may arise - a denial letter sample.


Medical Waiver Programs


Many times, an adaptive bicycle can be purchased through waiver programs. Each state is different in their coverage and the process for accessing waiver funds. Some states require a denial from the primary insurer first prior to covering with waiver funds, others require a physician’s prescription with a therapist’s letter of medical necessity and evaluation for the equipment.

Many families have found success through their Department of Developmental Disabilities or their county's Department of Health & Human Services or other similar organization and have used a variety of medical waivers.

  • Caseworker: You should begin by speaking with your caseworker or family support counselor for specifics in your state on coverage and to see if assistance is available through county or state funding and grants. Another good starting place would be to contact your Community Center Boards (CCB).

  • Medical Professional: Request a prescription or "Letter of Medical Necessity" of your doctor or therapist. Some states may have laws requiring funding to be provided if a doctor writes a note requiring the equipment for therapeutic purposes.

  • DME Provider: The Buddy Bike is classified as Durable Medical Equipment (DME). You may contact the organization in your state that provides DME. See DME Code above.

These sample letters may be helpful in submitting your funding applications.

You may find these web pages to be useful in your search for funding.


Insurance Coverage

To our knowledge, the Buddy Bike has been partially covered by 1 insurance policy through BCBS. Here are some notes from the customer to help you navigate your own insurance claim.
  • Customer covers cost then seeks reimbursement.

  • Insurance doesn't pay for anything prior to service or delivery.

  • Approximately 80% was covered according to the customer's plan (Federal Employee BCBS plan). This reimbursement rate may vary from plan to plan.

SUBMIT A CLAIM, step-by-step process:

  1. Letter of Medical Necessity filled out by Doctor and PT and OT, coded as Durable Medical Equipment (DME). See DME Code above.

  2. Get a price quote for the bike, but do not purchase yet. Contact shelley@buddybike.com

  3. Submit Letters of necessity and quote for Insurance company eligibility review.

  4. After approval is received then you can order and pay for the bike.

  5. After receiving the bike then submit bill along with approval letter for reimbursement.

A bike shop will not be on their approved providers list and it is unreasonable to ask the bike shop to navigate the medical billing and coding system to seek payment from insurance.


Grants & Charitable Organizations

Search for local agencies that provide assistance for special needs children. Most of the agencies that have provided funding operate by county so start looking locally. Seek local or state chapters of national groups such as Variety Club, Easter Seals, and Make-a-Wish Foundation.

There are a number of grants available from organizations that focus on helping children with disabilities. These organizations may provide grants or other funding assistance for adaptive bikes.

These organizations may also offer funding assistance. Use the links to search for chapters in your area.




Holding a benefit or fundraiser for a child is a great way to get the community to help out. Set a goal of raising the funds necessary for the bike, shipping, assembly and maybe even a helmet. Reach out to your community through letters, the news and local television or radio, and fundraising events.

WARNING! It is imperative that a family contact a special needs attorney prior to holding the fundraiser to establish a proper trust for the funds earned. If it is not set up properly, the money can be viewed as income for the child potentially making them ineligible for state health plans and waiver programs.


  • Schools and universities: Many sororities, fraternities, Girl/Boy Scout groups or other school groups will take the community project of raising funds to purchase equipment such as the Buddy Bike for a special needs child.

  • Family: Hold a birthday party but tell your guests that instead of gifts, you would prefer donations toward the purchase of a Buddy Bike.

  • Church or other community groups

One of the most efficient ways to fund raise for a Buddy Bike is through online fundraising. You can set up a fundraising page using one of the services below (fees may apply) then promote your page through e-mail, social media and word-of-mouth!

Create a web page page to raise awareness of your child's disability and to raise funds. There are many sources in the web for creating free web pages. Add a section talking about the Buddy Bike and how it would benefit your child. Then add a PayPal button to request donations online.


Vendors & Providers of The Buddy Bike

Funding may be available through various associations to purchase the Buddy Bike as therapeutic equipment. The following list includes organizations and Buddy Bike authorized dealers who have funded Buddy Bikes or who may be able to assist you in utilizing medical waivers and funds to purchase the Buddy Bikes as therapeutic equipment. If you do not see a program below that applies to you, you should check with your family support counselor, case worker, therapist or other medical professional to find out if funding is available through county or state funding and grants.

This list is provided as a courtesy. Buddy Bike nor any of the organizations listed below can guarantee that you will qualify for funding. Contact the organization for their criteria and program requirements. Some programs are state-specific.


Buddy Bike Vendor Registration
Buddy Bike is registered as a VENDOR with these organizations.


Medical Providers US


Some families have used FSA (Flexible Spending Accounts) to purchase Buddy Bikes.

FINANCIAL LOAN PROGRAMS OFFERED BY STATE If you do not receive insurance coverage, medical funding, or other funding assistance RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of America) provides a list of Financial Loan Programs Offered by State and a list of several organizations that may provide grants.


Independent Medical, Mesa
480.704.3807 |


Some Colorado families have used Children's Extensive Support (CES) Medicaid Waivers. Contact Division for Developmental Disability Services (state) and check with your local Community Center Board (county).

Developmental Pathways

Kids Mobility Network, Centennial
303.242.8281, kidsmobility.org


The Resource Exchange
Colorado Springs, Bailey, Woodland Park
719.380.1100 | tre.org
Must be involved in programs to receive assistance.

(Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports)
Steamboat Springs
970.846.9859 | steamboatstars.com

Two Angels Foundation, Arvada
720.940.6078 | twoangelsfoundation.org
CO only.


Gardiner's Scholarship
May be used for adaptive bicycles. Use the Payment Forms to request pre-authorization. May pay and be reimbursed or request that the vendor be paid directly.

PENDING UPDATES Agency for Persons with Disabilities Programs: iBudget Florida Waiver Services and Consumer Directed Care Plus (CDC+) Families should check with their CDC+ consultant to see if funds are available through this Medicaid Waiver program. Once approved, families order and pay for the Buddy Bike then receive reimbursement.

Florida New Horizon Loan Program

The Ricky King Children's Fund
Lee, Collier, Charlotte counties


The Bike Rack (Project Mobility) St. Charles
800.711.BIKE | thebikerack.com


LISS Funding - Low Intensity Support Service, is a statewide program for individuals who meet the service requirements set by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). Preventive in nature, LISS assists individuals with developmental disabilities improve their quality of life, remain in their own homes, increase or maintain independence, and participate in the community by providing resources and financial assistance. Learn more at LISS Fact Sheet.


Doctors Equipment Service, Kansas City
816.523.6644 | drsequipserv.com


Buddy Bike is registered as a vendor in the State of North Dakota


In Ohio with a medical prescription the Buddy Bike may fall under OT/Recreation/Leisure which should be covered by school and Board of Developmental Disabilities. Check for funding information at your county Board of Developmental Disabilities (click for list), ARC, Family & Children First Council, FRS Family Resource Service and MRDD. Waivers include: Level 1 (L1) and Individual Options (IO).

Buddy Bike is a Registered Vendor in:
Cuyahoga County, OH

Breakaway Cycling, Delaware
740.363.3232 | breakawaycycling.com

Not a provider but they have sold several bikes through funding sources.

Columbus Medical Equipment, Columbus
800.282.1395 | columbusmedical.com

Delaware Creative Housing, Inc. -
Creative Living Systems, Delaware
740.368.5803 | delawarecreativehousing.com

All counties, Homecare or IO Waivers through OMRDD systems. Administrative fee.

Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Delaware
740.201.3600 | dcbdd.org

Got-Autism, LLC, Cincinnati
888.237.4988 | got-autism.com

Medicaid Waiver Provider
Adaptive & Assistive Equipment


New Story - New Story Fund
(contact them through web)
PA only. This for-profit business funds $25,000 in under-funded products & services twice a year. You'll need to submit your story and let them know why you need the Buddy Bike and how it will help your child.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
King of Prussia | 484.674.0506 | patf.us

PA only. Low-interest loans, extended repayment terms and info about other funding sources.

"My Bike" Program by
Variety the Children's Charity of Pittsburgh

At least one Buddy Bike has been purchased using a CES Waiver.


Here is a comment from one of our customers regarding funding a Buddy Bike or other therapeutic equipment in Texas: "There is a division of MHMR in every county. MHMRA is Mental Health Mental Retardation of [COUNTY]. It's a good organization and the go to for all answers about what's available in the state or community for this population. But you can see why the company just uses initials for the name."

Therapy Supply House, Houston
713.669.0500, therapysupply.com


Bikes4Health.com, Seattle
206.723.4891 | bikes4health.com


PENDING UPDATES Children's Long Term Support (CLTS) Medicaid Waiver list through Wisconsin Dept of Health Services (DHS). Talk to your case worker or support services counselor to see if you qualify to use this program to purchase the Buddy Bike as therapeutic equipment.


Medical Providers International


Per a Buddy Bike customer in Australia, Australian families with a child under the
age of seven, with a diagnosis of autism, automatically receive funding for therapy and equipment each financial year. Equipment constitutes around 35% of the available funds and won't fully cover the cost of the Buddy Bike plus shipping.

You also should check with your customs office. In some countries customers have imported the Buddy Bike duty free by declaring that they were receiving an item for a “disabled child”. One family is researching item 8713 and GST class B105 GST to import an item for a disabled child as duty free.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - I do not know if they have covered any Buddy Bikes but it should be worth looking into! You can also contact our dealer in Australia for assistance. Mike King at Back2Bikes


Get Cycling CiC, York, UK
01904 636 812 | getcycling.org.uk

Wheels for Wellbeing
See their guide for funding a bicycle
for people with disabilities.

United Kingdom Customers:  You may be able to receive your Buddy Bike duty and VAT tax free! CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide. This information is provided by a customer. The customer nor Buddy Bike can guarantee that you will qualify for receiving the tax exemption. This information is provided for reference only.  STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Ireland: Per the Irish Tax & Customs web site, "articles for people with disabilities may be imported from non-European Union (EU) countries free from payment of Customs Duty and VAT." Visit the link below for more information about the goods involved, the relief available and the procedures involved at importation. Relief from Customs Duty and VAT on the importation of articles for People with Disabilities - CDPN4


(Cancelled for 2018 & 2019)

Buddy Bike, LLC will plan to help raise funds to provide 1 Buddy Bike to a special need child each Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate)! The fundraising goal must be met by December 1  in order for the child to receive a Buddy Bike by December 20. To be considered for this program, the family must have applied for funding for a Buddy Bike and been denied. The denial letter will be requested as proof and the family must be willing to fundraise on their own to improve their chances at raising the funds by the fundraising deadline. For more information visit contact shelley@buddybike.com.

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