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NY Health Dept Action Alleges Wrongful Denial of Speech Services
By Ashley Milano
October 11, 2016 Top Class Actions - The New York State Department of Health wrongly denies speech-generating devices and access aids to Medicaid-eligible children and adults who need these devices to treat their expressive communication disabilities, a proposed class action lawsuit says.
Speech-generating devices or SGDs have typically been covered and provided as Medicaid benefits since the1980s.
There are currently 100-200 individuals in New York state who seek an SGD from Medicaid each year.
However, the NY Health Department has started to deny SGD requests on the basis of a policy lacking objective standards and consistency in determining SGD eligibility, the lawsuit states.
This standard, according to minor plaintiffs BZ and JT and their parent/guardian representatives, is in violation of federal law.
BZ, a 5-year old girl, and JT, a 14-year old boy, were born with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. As a result of these conditions, the children have a motor speech disorder that renders them unable to speak and effectively communicate their most basic needs, thoughts, or feelings.