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Topic Snapshot: Funding

Screening for Funding

Reports - by Funding Source

    Preschool - Children' Health
  • Services to Preschool Children with Disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This is the Volume 13 number 3 Winter 2009-2010 issue of the AT Advocate which details what services and funding are available for young children under IDEA.

  • Funding of Home Modifications for Individuals with Disabilities: An Emphasis on Funding Home Modifications to Support Employment Goals (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document provides an overview of the major funding sources for home modifications related to employment, such as vocational rehabilitation, SSI - PASS, AFP and Telework loans, and Medicaid.

    Employment - VR
  • Work, Assistive Technology and Transition-Aged Youth (2009) -- Available formats: word
    This publication from Neighborhood Legal Services looks at funding sources for AT as youth transition to work and post-secondary activities.
  • SSI's Plan for Achieving Self Support: Using the PASS to Purchase Assistive Technology to Achieve a Work Goal (2006) -- Available formats: word
    This example highlights the potential for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program’s Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS). The example uses a 17 year old student and how it can be applied to his situation.

  • Medicaid, Assistive Technology, and the Courts, (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    This Winter 2006-2007 AT Advocate is an updated summary of AT-related federal and state court decisions. It includes key funding concepts, information about interpretive guidance used by the courts, and illustrates with some key AT-related case law - the Exclusive List Cases, Denial of Funding on the Basis of Age, EPSDT and Children Under Age 21, Specific Categories of AT or DME including Augmentative Communication Devices (ACDs)
  • Preparing Letters of Medical Justification (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    This Winter 2006 AT Advocate focuses on the key components that will support the need for durable medical equipment through Medicaid and other third party insurers. The issue includes Who Will Review the Letter or Report, Establishing the Professional Appearance of the Report, Getting Started: Five Key Principles for Writing Letters of Medical Justification, Consider the Funding Source and the Criteria It Will Follow, Using Medicaid Coverage Categories Other Than DME to Fund Specialized Equipment, and Drafting the Report.
  • The National Coverage Decision for Mobility Assistive Equipment (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document comes from the National Coverage Decisions Manual, governing Medicare Claims and represents the National Coverage Decision (NCD) governing mobility assistive equipment, including power wheelchairs and scooters. It is available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website at:

  • Transition to Adult Life (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This booklet by the Disability Rights Network in Wisconsin identifies funding resources for assistive technology. It looks at the student rights for AT through IDEA, how to link to outside agencies, the importance of transition planning and how to get started, and post-secondary issues.

    Non-Traditional Sources
  • Non-Traditional Funding Sources and Funding Strategies for Assistive Technology: Creative Ways to Access Traditional AT Funding Sources, Some Little-Known AT Funding Sources and Funding Strategies (2006) -- Available formats: word
    This document represents an attempt to identify, in one place, many of the “best-kept secrets” in the AT funding world.

  • Meeting the AT Needs of Preschool Students Under the IDEA – June 17, 2010 - Powerpoint (2010) -- Available formats: ppt
    This presentation covers IDEA Part C and selected parts of Part B. It describes the components of Part C and the purpose of the provisions, who is eligible, and the process that is followed. It details the role of the service provider, the coordination needed, the evaluations and the development of the individualized family service plan. It discusses the AT covered and provides examples.

    Private Insurance
  • Private Insurance Contracts & Assistive Technology: Part II (2006) -- Available formats: word
    In this article we will discuss special policy provisions, such as a durable medical equipment provision, which determine what AT items are covered under an insurance policy. Next, we will discuss what criteria must be met for the insurer (i.e., the insurance company or other entity providing insurance) to determine that an AT device is medically necessary. We will then discuss how one appeals a denial of AT by a private insurer. We will close with a limited discussion of the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act to private insurance companies.
  • Report on CPT Codes and Assistive Technology (2001) -- Available formats: html
    Medical and related service personnel to determine reimbursement use Current Procedural Technology (CPT) codes. It is important that assistive technology (AT) professionals understand CPT (Common Procedural Terminology) Codes and how they impact reimbursement for AT in both the public and private insurance systems. This document provides an overview of CPT codes to AT professionals, including AT service providers and those involved in policy related to AT.

Sample Documents

Last Updated April 2011