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UPDATE: THIS FILE LAST EDITED 12-2005

A SIGHT LOSS INFORMATION DETECTIVE
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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

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8. MEDICARE VICTORIES

IN 1999 A SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE OVERRULED THEIR DENIAL AND ORDERED THE KAISER HEALTH PLAN TO PURCHASE A TALKING SCANNER AS BLINDNESS TREATMENT FOR THE SIGHT LOSS INFORMATION DETECTIVE. SPECIFICALLY, KAISER PAID $ 3,000 FOR A VERA (VERY EASY READING APPLIANCE) FROM ARKENSTONE (NOW FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC) AND IT WAS DELIVERED IN JANUARY, 2000.

NOW FIVE YEARS LATER, VERA CAN NO LONGER BE REPAIRED AND A REPLACEMENT TALKING SCANNER WAS REQUESTED. THIS TIME, THE FEDERAL CENTER FOR HEALTH DISPUTE RESOLUTION OVERRULED THEIR DENIAL AND ORDERED THE KAISER HEALTH PLAN TO PURCHASE A SARA (SCANNING AND READING APPLIANCE) FROM FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC. THIS REDESIGNED READING MACHINE COST $ 2,595 AND IT WAS DELIVERED IN OCTOBER, 2005.

THIS REPORT IS PUBLISHED TO GIVE HOPE TO OTHER MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES THAT A TALKING SCANNER CAN AND HAS BEEN COVERED AS DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. HOWEVER, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SEEK THE FREE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE OF YOUR LOCAL DISABILITY ADVOCACY CENTER. MAKE THIS REQUEST IN WRITING ONLY AFTER ALL YOUR MEDICARE APPEALS HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED AND YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE HEARING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED. REMEMBER TO ENCLOSE COPIES OF ALL CORRESPONDENCE WITH YOUR REQUEST LETTER.

ALSO SEE THE INFORMATION FOUND AT:

WWW.SIGHTLOSSSOLUTIONS.ORG

- OPEN LINK NUMBER 3

- OPEN PERSONAL ACCESS

- OPEN ASSISTIVE HARDWARE

- READ MEDICARE DOCUMENTS

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