Insurance Funding for AAC Devices: Update Among all possible funding sources for AAC devices, only providers of health insurance continue to issue denials with any frequency. It has been estimated that as many as half of all insurance funding requests for AAC devices continue to be abandoned. These denials persist despite the elimination of “policy” or ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2003
Insurance Funding for AAC Devices: Update
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  • Lewis Golinker
    Assistive Technology Law Center Ithica, NY
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Article   |   February 01, 2003
Insurance Funding for AAC Devices: Update
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 2003, Vol. 12, 12. doi:10.1044/aac12.1.12
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 2003, Vol. 12, 12. doi:10.1044/aac12.1.12
Among all possible funding sources for AAC devices, only providers of health insurance continue to issue denials with any frequency. It has been estimated that as many as half of all insurance funding requests for AAC devices continue to be abandoned.
These denials persist despite the elimination of “policy” or “principle” based barriers within public (governmental) based programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. All those programs have resolved issues about whether AAC devices are “covered” as either items of durable medical equipment and/or prosthetic devices, as well as whether AAC devices are “treatment” and “medically necessary,” in favor of AAC device coverage.
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