IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 18, 2015
Mr. Vitter (for himself, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. King, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Kirk, Ms. Collins, and Ms. Murkowski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare beneficiary access to eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices and to remove the rental cap for durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program with respect to speech generating devices.
This Act may be cited as the
Steve Gleason Act of 2015.
Providing Medicare beneficiary access to eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices
Section 1861(n) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(n)) is amended by inserting
and eye tracking and gaze interaction accessories for speech generating devices furnished to individuals with a demonstrated medical need for such accessories after
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to devices furnished on or after January 1, 2016.
Removing the rental cap for durable medical equipment under Medicare with respect to speech generating devices
Section 1834(a)(2)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(a)(2)(A)) is amended—
in clause (ii), by striking
or at the end;
in clause (iii), by adding
or at the end; and
by inserting after clause (iii) the following new clause:
which serves as a speech generating device or which is an accessory that is needed for the individual to effectively utilize such a device,
The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to devices furnished on or after July 1, 2015.