Tobii Dynavox Applauds Congressional Passage of The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act
Today we applaud the Congressional passage of The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act. The Enduring Voices Act builds on the security brought to patients by The Steve Gleason Act of 2015, which improved Medicare regulations and protected patient access to medically necessary Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) for individuals with communication disabilities, including ALS, cerebral palsy, and Rett syndrome.
The Steve Gleason Act of 2015 originally removed SGDs from the “Capped Rental” category, but only until October 1, 2018. This was a reaction to the fact that in April 2014, Medicare categorized SGDs as “Capped Rental” which prohibited payments for devices and jeopardized the ability to communicate when patients require hospital, nursing facility, or hospice care. Revoking the “Capped Rental” designation gives patients ownership of the SGD and therefore continued access to the device when in a hospital, nursing facility, or hospice. The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act makes this provision permanent, so patients are not living with the fear that the provision will lapse on October 1st.
“Enactment of the Enduring Voices Act will provide tremendous security for Medicare patients who rely on assistive technology to communicate with their loved ones and caregivers,” said Tara Rudnicki, the president of Tobii Dynavox’s North American Market Unit. “On behalf of the patients we serve, we are extremely grateful that Congress took this step to ensure that patients who need this technology are able to have and keep their voices.”
Tobii Dynavox is particularly thankful to the Congressional champions of the bill including Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), John Larson (D-Conn.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
To learn more about the Steve Gleason Act, please click here.