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Insurance & Billing For Current Clients

Insurance and Billing Information

Providing the best services for your child requires a HIGHLY TRAINED TEAM of therapists AND office professionals.

Our knowledgeable office team provides information and guidance to streamline and support processes that save your precious family-time. Securing coverage or providing a plan that allows your child to receive uninterrupted QUALITY services is our goal.

If you have questions, we have answers. Call us any time or schedule a call with our office at a time that is convenient for you HERE.

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Insurance & Billing For New Clients

Insurance & Billing For New Clients

For general information related to coverage guidelines that commonly apply, please select your insurance below:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

    • BDI Playhouse is in-network with BCBS PPO plans. 
    • BDI is not in-network with BCBS HMO plans.
    • Most plans have generous Pediatric Therapy benefits.
    • Some plans limit coverage so please check with your carrier for any limitations on your policy.
  • Aetna

    • Most Aetna plans only cover speech therapy when it directly relates to a birth defect, brain injury, stroke, or head trauma.  Review Aetna’s policy regarding Speech-Therapy coverage for more information.
    • Aetna does not cover the cost of Aquatic therapy.  BDI offers a Private Pay rate if services are not covered. 
    • Aetna allows one appointment maximum per day.  
    • While your plan may have an annual visit allowance, that is not considered a guarantee of coverage. Coverage of services is always dependent on medical necessity, not the policy’s annual visit limit.



  • United Healthcare

    • BDI Playhouse is not in-network with United Health Care Plans. 
      • Therapy can be billed to UHC and will process to your Out of Network benefits
      • Specific billing codes can be provided to help you confirm coverage.
  • Private Pay Discount Details

    In the event that insurance funding is not available, or services are limited or not covered by the policy, our private pay discount rate offers parents another option. Details on the discount for our affordable private pay rate options can be found here.


  • Early Intervention Funding

    Early Intervention (EI) is a state-funded program offering services to children birth to age three with a qualifying level of delay or qualifying diagnosis. 

    • EI serves as a secondary insurance: Providers bill your insurance first and then Early Intervention for portions not covered by your plan.
    • A monthly family fee typically applies
    • Services are often required (by the program) to be provided in the family’s home and children with this funding source are rarely approved for services in-clinic at BDI. 

    Many families receive services BOTH through the Early Intervention AND separately through their insurance so that they may receive services in clinic, allowing the best of both worlds in their child’s intervention. 

    Waiting periods in Early Intervention are common. We recommend scheduling a free screening or consultation at BDI Playhouse prior to starting the Early Intervention evaluation process, as we can typically schedule within one week.  We can also offer services temporarily while you wait for Early Intervention to complete the initial evaluations, schedule a meeting to generate the service document called an IFSP, and assign treating therapists. 

    More detailed information regarding this program can be found here.

    Please review the Early Intervention website, but do not hesitate to ask us to walk you through how the Early Intervention Program works and how accessing this resource might benefit your family. 

  • Cigna

    Starting January 1, 2023, BDI Playhouse will not be in-network with Cigna PPO plans. 

    • Therapy can be billed to Cigna and will process to your Out of Network benefits
    • Specific billing codes can be provided to help you confirm coverage.
  • Other Insurance Plans

  • Multiplan Network participant: offers a 10% discount for Out of Network claims


Claims billed to any other insurance plan would process to your Out of Network benefits coverage.

  • HMO Plans

    • We are contracted BCBS Ingalls HMO. 
    • For other HMOs ask your child’s pediatrician to provide assistance in requesting a “single case agreement or waiver” to allow for coverage outside the network, at your in-network level of benefits. Click here for instructions to begin that process.  
    • If coverage cannot be secured, please consider our private pay discount rates. 
  • Medicaid and State Plans

    • BDI is not contracted with Government supported plans such as Medicaid or any State-funded plans (Illinois Medicaid, BCBS Community, Illinicare, Meridian, Health Alliance, Aetna Better Health, County Care, etc).
    •  We offer a significantly discounted private pay rate. Please see the attached link for more information.


  • DSCC

    • DSCC: is the Division of Specialized Care for Children
    • Financially assists IL families and Children with special healthcare needs
    • Acts as a secondary insurance and often covers what primary insurance doesn’t
    • Eligibility is determined by family income and  the diagnosis or needs of the child


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    Speech-Language Therapy

    Pediatric Speech Therapy

    • Myo Munchee

    Questions about BDI Speech & Language Therapy?




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    Our BDI Playhouse Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children.  Each SLP is certified through ASHA and licensed through the State of Illinois.

    • Speech Production

      How your child makes their sounds:

      • Articulation
      • Apraxia
      • Phonological Disorder

      Specialty Certification

      • PROMPT
      • OMT
    • Language

      Encompassing both spoken and written communication, SLPs help people across the spectrum of language. This includes working on

      • AAC
      • expressive language
      • receptive language
      • literacy
      • morphology
      • multi-language learner
      • phonology
      • reading comprehension
      • reading decoding
      • semantics
      • spelling
      • social/pragmatic language
      • syntax
      • written language

      Specialty Certifications

      • Orton-Gillingham
    • Cognition

      SLPs often help improve cognitive skills.

      • attention
      • memory
      • problem solving
      • executive functioning
    • Voice/Resonance

      Supporting patients with

      • alaryngeal disorders
      • buteyko breathing
      • cul-de-sac resonance
      • forward focus resonance
      • hyper nasality
      • hyponasality
      • loudness
      • phonation quality
      • pitch


      • Buteyko Breathing
    • Feeding/Swallowing

      SLPs cover all three phases of swallowing: oral, pharyngeal and esophageal dysphagia

      • breast/bottle difficulties
      • transition to table foods
      • food refusal
      • oral motor
      • orofacial myology
      • picky/problem eaters

      Specialty Certifications

      • OMT
      • Beckman Oral Motor
      • SOS
      • Food Chaining
      • CLC; CLEC (Lactation Counseling)
    • Auditory Habilitation/Rehabilitation

      • hearing loss
      • deafness
      • cochlear implants
      • hearing aids
      • auditory processing disorder

    • IDFPR

    • PECs

    A-Z of our SLP Services





    Attention Deficits

    Articulation/Phonological Disorders



    Breast and Bottle Drinking


    Central Auditory Processing Disorders

    Cognitive-Communication Disorders


    Early Intervention

    Expressive Language


    Fluency Disorders

    Feeding Infants & Beyond

    Food Refusal


    Lactation Counseling

    Learning Disabilities

    Language Acquisition


    Math Language



    Orofacial Myology



    Phonological Awareness

    Phonology & Phonological Disorders



    Reading Comprehension

    Reading Decoding

    Receptive Language



    Social/Pragmatic Language

    SOS Approach to feeding

    Study Skills

    Swallowing Disorders


    Written Language

    • Buteyko Breathing

    • Myo Munchee

    • TOTS

    Great Feedback from Great Families

    My son has been at BDI for over a year now and I can’t say enough great things! when we walk in, every therapist and receptionist greets him by name! He is always happy to go and we have seen great progress with both his physical and language needs. We have personally recommended BDI to several friends and colleagues looking for top notch therapies!”

    Getting Started With Speech Therapy

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    Physical Therapy

    Pediatric Physical Therapy

    • Serial Casting

    Questions about Physical Therapy? 




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    BDI Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Pediatric physical therapy is for more than just injury rehab or treatment of a diagnosed motor condition. Many children need short term Physical Therapy to address minor challenges or concerns noted by parents. A diagnosis is not required or necessary.

    Casting for Pediatric Orthotics

    Physical Therapy can help with

    • Infant head shape: flat spots or other differences
    • Bladder and Bowel Training
    • Gross motor development
    • Milestones related to walking, sitting, crawling
    • Sports Performance
    • Scoliosis Intervention
    • Bike Riding
    • Difficulties in Gym and Physical Education Class
    • Muscle strengthening
    • Posture / postural control
    • Pre-gait and gait training
    • Neuromuscular function
    • Environmental adaptations / seating and positioning
    • Splinting / bracing / orthotics
    • Improving endurance
    • Coordination of movements
    • Balance training
    • Family education

    If your child does have a diagnosed condition

    If your child does have a diagnosed condition, you can feel confident in our collaborative team approach that brings multiple specialties together to address the whole picture and make sure nothing falls through the cracks.  Our therapists have a high commitment to continuing education and stay in tune with the latest research-proven methods for the treatment of:

    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Spina Bifida
    • Down Syndrome
    • Sports injuries
    • Scoliosis
    • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Torticollis
    • Brachial Plexus injuries
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Decreased coordination
    • Incontinence
    • Various other motor conditions


    Physical therapists assist children in reaching their fullest potential in functional independence and fitness.

    Innovative programs are aimed at:

    • Enhancing strength, coordination and balance
    • Physical fitness
    • Wellness for optimal quality of life

    If you have questions or concerns, a free screening or consultation with a Pediatric PT is a GREAT place to start. Our therapists work with children with or without a diagnosis. A prescription is not required for evaluation.

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    A-Z of our PT Services


    Adaptive Sports

    Aquatic Therapy



    Ball Skills

    Bike Riding

    Bilateral Coordination


    Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction




    Developmental Screening

    Dynamic Serial Casting


    Early Intervention

    Environmental Adaptations


    Family Education


    Gait Training

    Gross Motor Skills


    Health Promotion

    Head Shape

    Home Exercise Program


    Incontinence Training

    Infant Massage

    Intensive therapy


    Kinesiology Taping


    Motor Learning

    Myofascial Release


    Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT)


    Orthotic Assessment and Training


    Pelvic Floor Education

    Positioning to assist with feeding

    Postural Awareness and Training

    Prosthetic Training


    Reflex Integration



    Schroth Therapy

    Serial Casting

    Sports Injury Recovery



    Toe Walking

    Total Motion Release (TMR)



    Visual Motor


    Wheelchair Assessments

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    Great Feedback from Great Families

    My son Jayden is 11 and has been coming to BDI for the past 4 years. BDI has become family in the way they treat my son. I truly feel deep in my heart if it wasn’t for his PT my son wouldn’t be walking the way he is today. BDI hires only the BEST. Every child here is treated with respect and love and each parent is respected and appreciated for their role in their child’s treatment plan.”

    Getting Started With Physical Therapy

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    Still not sure? Learn more about whether your child needs therapy here

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