Request that Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) are exempt from ALL rental requirements and remove SGDs from the capped rental rule that takes effect April 1, 2014.
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The capped rental rule significantly changes the funding of personal SGDs and will disrupt access to SGDs, services and supports for more than 7 million beneficiaries who have a risk for a disabling condition that results in loss of speech such as Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), aphasia, cerebral palsy, TBI and other severe communication disorders. The Americans with Disabilities Act entitles citizens to ethical treatment and a fair and just society leading to a quality life.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be enacting the capped rental rule for durable medical equipment to take effect on April 1, 2014. Speech Generating Devices (SGD), in other words, voice-output computer-based technology are considered durable medical equipment by CMS just like hospital beds, pressure cuffs, walkers, bi-pap machines to support breathing as well as hundreds of other items.
However, SGDs or a high performance augmentative and alternative communication system are complex rehabilitation technology. An SGD is matched and customized specific to an individual’s abilities, needs, activities, daily environments and personal preferences. Borrowing a substitute SGD when someone is hospitalized or needs to be in a rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility because of an illness is not realistic.
The capped rental rule takes away the guarantee that a Medicare beneficiary will own their SGD that has been personalized to meet their unique communication when they are the most vulnerable and should be able to “say what they want to say using their own SGD” when major life decisions or medical directives are being made.
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