The ALS Association

Ice Bucket Challenge Progress

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Rescinds SGD Coverage Reminder

November 6, 2014

Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed The ALS Association that it has instructed its contractors to rescind the "coverage reminder" that would prohibit people with ALS from unlocking Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) and accessing other technologies such as email and the internet.  This is great news!!  Thank you to everyone for their advocacy!  Thank you also for your outreach to Capitol Hill which led 200 Members of Congress to sign the SGD Dear Colleague Letter. ALS Advocates have made a difference!

The agency intends to revise its current SGD coverage policy to recognize the advances in technology that have occurred since the policy was initially created in 2001.

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