Communication Services and Supports for Individuals With Severe Disabilities: FAQs
These frequently asked questions (FAQs) are for consumers and professionals. The FAQs have information about communication services and supports for individuals with severe disabilities related to communication development, funding for service delivery, eligibility policies, AAC, IDEA services, interdisciplinary teams, literacy, and specific disabilities and approaches.
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- Are communication services typically considered medically or educationally necessary?
- How can communication services, including AAC devices, be documented as "medically necessary"?
- How can communication services, including AAC devices, be documented as "educationally necessary"?
- Does a school's obligation to provide AT devices/services mean that the district always pays for them?
- Do Medicaid or Medicare programs provide reimbursement for AAC services?
- If my child needs communication services, including AAC, who pays for it?
- Are communication services, including AAC, covered for children age birth to 3 years?
- Are communication services, including AAC, covered by adult services programs?
- Does private insurance provide reimbursement for communication services, including AAC devices and services?
- Are services free for children age birth to 3 years?
- Can a healthcare provider be reimbursed for indirect services? Do Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance pay for indirect services?
- Are "maintenance" services eligible for coverage under insurance, special education, or other payment/reimbursement systems?