53 People To Get New Speech Devices
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 28, 2004
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA--Fifty-three low-income Californians with speech-related disabilities will be getting new communication devices as early as Friday, under a settlement approved Tuesday.
The Sacramento Bee reported that the settlement was reached between the group and the state's Department of Health Services, which oversees Medi-Cal, the financial assistance program for low-income individuals.
Each communication device costs between $100 and $7,500, for an estimated total of $1 million.
Last year, many manufacturers stopped delivering such assistive technologies when the state cut the amount it would pay. Three hundred Medi-Cal beneficiaries had received the devices before the cuts. The suit was filed on behalf of those who were left without the devices.
"Deal restores funds to help disabled speak" (Sacramento Bee)