This past week I had the opportunity to participate in a presentation at the NY Governor’s Expo on Assistive Technology. With my Mother-In-Law in town, my husband and I were able to spend the day there.
We saw a lot of the devices and technologies I’d heard or seen online. It was cool. But I can’t tell you how my heart sunk each time we asked about pricing. Most responded, “Medicaid Standard.”
Medicaid standard. Yes, they’ll charge every penny that Medicaid will pay for it.
My heart goes out to all the kids and families who are still waiting for the government to push that Medicaid paperwork from desk to desk, still waiting for their appointment with someone who can evaluate their child for assitive technology, still waiting for teachers and speech therapists and pediatricians and school districts to contribute their approval, still waiting for the device to arrive, ….still waiting to get a voice.