As many insurance plans have a specific contractual exclusion of communication aids, with his being no exception, I am now gearing up for a fight with his insurance provider.
His specific provider, who for the moment shall remain anonymous, states rather clearly in their policy guidelines: the DME ( durable medical equipment) benefit "covers medical or surgical equipment for treatment of disease or injury, or to enable the person to perform essential activities of daily living related to the patient's health and hygiene." The patient's insurance provider does not consider communication to be a bodily function, and although considered an activity of daily living, it is said not to be related to the patient's health and hygiene.
So, in other words, a bed, wheelchair, or commode will be provided for, but, a communication device that meets a human beings most essential need may be denied, as it is not considered an essential medical device.
Nearly everything we do in life depends on our ability to successfully communicate. That means hearing and speaking to others. How and why, therefore, I wonder, did it happen that meeting the needs of persons with communication impairments has been relegated some secondary place in our health care payment system?