We Need Your Speech Generating Device (SGD) Stories!
CMS is currently reviewing its SGD policies. We are hopeful that CMS will revise these policies to allow SGD users to keep their speech when they’re admitted into health care facilities and be able to use their SGDs to communicate with the outside world.
However, in the event CMS does not reach an acceptable decision about SGDs, we are considering action to help people who will lose full functionality of their SGDs.
If you, or someone you know, have been harmed by these SGD policies, please contact us at SGD@MedicareAdvocacy.org. We are gathering information and data from anyone who wants to be heard, but we are particularly interested in those who can share stories because they have been affected by any of the following:
- They experienced problems keeping their SGD since capped rental payments went into effect.
- They experienced problems getting or keeping non-speech communication functions on their SGD in 2014.
- They experienced problems getting or keeping environmental control functions on their SGD in 2014.
- CMS denied their request for eye-tracking, or other SGD attachments in 2013 or 2014.
If you or someone you know can answer “yes” to any of the questions above, please contact us at SGD@MedicareAdvocacy.org. Include the name of the SGD user, email address, phone number, street address, and a summary of the experience. We will not use any of the information you share without your express permission.
Every story we receive helps us advocate to maintain fully functioning SGDs, and the voices of our most vulnerable citizens. Thank you for your continued support of all those affected by CMS’s SGD policies.
For more information see:
- “ALS Patients Face Loss of Medicare Coverage for Devices Used to Help Speech,” Washington Post, October 26, 2014.
- “Medicare’s Reluctance to Embrace Technology: Effects on the Coverage of Speech Generating Devices,” CMA Alert, June 5, 2014.