Friday, August 19, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords Story Highlights Challenges to Insurance Practices

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Gabrielle Giffords was the congresswoman who was shot in the head many months ago. She has recovered some of her physical and cognitive abilities after intensive therapy that included music therapy. She was also able to utilize an iPad with various programs that converted the touch screen into a communication device. The article specifically mentions, "Proloquo2Go", as one of the programs she used to facilitate expressive communication. I found it interesting that the story goes on to mention that insurance companies are reluctant to cover the purchase of iPads or similar brand tablet PCs because they can also be used for "non-medical" applications. We have already seen this phenomenon rear its ugly head in the school system, so it looks like it is a pervasive problem. The author of the news article thinks it is a silly policy and I would tend to agree.  What do you think?

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