HARDWARE: Medicaid rules can’t keep up with technology

http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/10/16/1621227/Tablets-Are-Game-Changers-For-Special-Needs-Kids

Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids
by Soulskill

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theodp writes “The rise of mainstream tablets is proving to have unforeseen benefits for children with speech and communication problems and may disrupt a business where specialized devices can cost thousands of dollars. iPad apps like Proloquo2Go ($189) aim to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental disabilities, ALS, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, apraxia, and more. Even Steve Jobs didn’t see this one coming: ‘We take no credit for this, and that’s not our intention,’ said Jobs, who’s been touched by email he gets from parents of special needs kids for whom the iPad is proving to be a life-changer. ‘Our intention is to say something is going on here,’ Jobs added, suggesting that researchers should ‘take a look at this.’ Even though they might cost significantly less than dedicated devices, SUNY speech pathologist Andrea Abramovich explained Medicare doesn’t cover consumer tablets because they could be used for non-medical purposes.”

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How long before the politicians and bureaucrats wake up and update the Medicaid rules. Hmm, save money and preforms better. Seems like “obvious” to me. Argh! No wonder the Gooferment is held in such low regard. Might be useful for all sorts of unexpected things. That’s the beauty of the free market.

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2 thoughts on “HARDWARE: Medicaid rules can’t keep up with technology

  1. It would seem that any business, which wanted the patronage of the deaf, would figure out how to satisfy their needs. Without “assistance” from Washington DC. Can’t imagine the politicians and bureaucrats being able to find their own butt in a dark closet WITH a flashlight. Argh!

  2. John-

    This same thing has happened in the Deaf community. It used to be that if you were Deaf, you communicated with the hearing world primarily through a TTY/TDD- essentially an analog baudot modem connected to your phone that cost a lot and required the recipient to have on their end.

    Enter email, internet, and mobile phones with data-only plans. My wife, who is Deaf, cannot recall any of her friends who still have or use a TTY.

    Yet the govt. still requires hotels and other businesses serving the public to purchase, store, and maintain TTYs. I’m not saying they are NEVER used now… but not much.

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