Medicare Now Covers AAC Devices January 1, 2001 marked a revolution in the way the Medicare program responds to the needs of individuals with severe communication disabilities. At the start of the year, Medicare began to openly cover and provide reimbursement for AAC devices. Medicare is the nation’s largest health insurance program, with approximately 40 ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2001
Medicare Now Covers AAC Devices
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  • Lewis Golinker
    Assistive Technology Law Center Ithaca, NY
    Director
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Article   |   March 01, 2001
Medicare Now Covers AAC Devices
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 2001, Vol. 10, 12-14. doi:10.1044/aac10.1.12
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 2001, Vol. 10, 12-14. doi:10.1044/aac10.1.12
January 1, 2001 marked a revolution in the way the Medicare program responds to the needs of individuals with severe communication disabilities. At the start of the year, Medicare began to openly cover and provide reimbursement for AAC devices.
Medicare is the nation’s largest health insurance program, with approximately 40 million beneficiaries. It covers all Americans age 65 and older and individuals who have received Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for 24 months. (A recent legislative amendment will allow people with ALS to gain access to Medicare without waiting the 24 months after becoming disabled.) Medicare also covers the children with disabilities of individuals who paid into the Social Security system while working, and who are now disabled themselves, retired, or deceased. Medicare covers all people in these eligibility categories independent of their financial needs or means.
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