Medicaid AAC Device Funding for Nursing Facility Residents One of the greatest areas of frustration for speech-language pathologists who provide AAC services is the Medicaid funding barrier that blocks AAC device access by residents of nursing facilities. People who are unable to live independently and who, therefore, require Medicaid nursing facility (NF) care also present many of the ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2003
Medicaid AAC Device Funding for Nursing Facility Residents
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  • Lewis Golinker
    Assistive Technology Law Center, Ithica, NY
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Article   |   August 01, 2003
Medicaid AAC Device Funding for Nursing Facility Residents
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, August 2003, Vol. 12, 29-33. doi:10.1044/aac12.3.29
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, August 2003, Vol. 12, 29-33. doi:10.1044/aac12.3.29
One of the greatest areas of frustration for speech-language pathologists who provide AAC services is the Medicaid funding barrier that blocks AAC device access by residents of nursing facilities. People who are unable to live independently and who, therefore, require Medicaid nursing facility (NF) care also present many of the conditions and circumstances that give rise to AAC device need.
The article that follows outlines the issues related to Medicaid coverage of AAC devices for nursing facility residents and identifies where such coverage is known to exist.
Nursing facility (NF) services is a mandatory or required Medicaid service—42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A); 1396d(a)(4)(A). This means NF services is covered in every state, and may not be dropped.
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