Monday, October 17, 2011

Survey on Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services

Access to assistive devices, technologies, and related services is critical for individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions of all ages. For both children and adults with disabilities, assistive devices and technologies can lead to greater health, participation, independence, productivity, and integration in the home, in the classroom, in the workplace and in the community.

Family Voices Indiana often hears from families who are struggling to get therapies and equipment covered by private health insurance. We are sharing this survey with you so you can provide feedback to the ITEM Coalition.

The ITEM Coalition is devoted to raising awareness and building support for policies that will enhance access to assistive devices, technologies and related services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. The Coalition is consumer-led and has over seventy member organizations—including a diverse set of disability organizations, aging organizations, other consumer groups, labor organizations, voluntary health associations, and non-profit provider associations.

Survey on Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services

The ITEM Coalition is continuing to collect responses to their survey on private health insurance coverage of rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices. The coalition is collecting information on typical coverage of these services and devices by employer-sponsored health insurance plans. The Coalition is particularly interested in things like physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc. and devices (durable medical equipment) and things like orthotics, prosthetics, or other assistive devices.

If you - or someone you can respond for - has health insurance through an employer and have ever had a disability or chronic condition, please take a moment to respond to this quick 10 question, anonymous survey called “Insurance Coverage of Rehabilitative and Habilitative Devices,” at The results will help the ITEM coalition members to advocate for comprehensive coverage of these services and devices within the new insurance exchanges.

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