Sometimes aided AAC systems can be costly, therefore, funding for a device may be necessary.
Steps to the funding process:
1. A funding source must be chosen. This is determined by individual circumstances “including a person’s age, medical insurance coverage, and enrollment in programs such as early intervention, special education, or vocational rehabilitation” (ASHA, 2014). An SLP can help to identify possible funding options.
2. An AAC assessment must be conducted by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) to determine the type of device needed. (Please refer to the “Assessment” tab to review the evaluation process.)
3. A report needs to be written by an SLP that includes the medical necessity of the device and its accessories.
4. After the report is written a physician prescription for the device and its accessories must be obtained. In addition, a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation states that starting in 2014 an individual seeking a speech generating device (SGD) must have “a face-to-face visit by a physician (MD or DO)…no greater than six (6) months prior to the written order for equipment” (Tobii Technology, 2013).
5. Once all necessary paperwork is complete it should be sent in its entirety to the AAC vendor or company which is supplying the device.
6. The AAC vendor will then review the paperwork to make sure that all the needed information has been obtained. Finally, they will send the paperwork to the insurance company who will review the application and determine if it is approved.
Possible funding sources:
- private insurance
- school districts
- private organizations and clubs
- Department of Veterans Affairs and Tricare
- federal and state programs
*Please explore the links under “Funding” in the “Resources” tab, which include detailed information on the individual steps to the funding process and provide extensive lists of specific funding sources (e.g. organizations, advocacy groups, private fund raising).