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S. 984 (114th): Steve Gleason Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 11, 2016 (Passed Congress).


One Hundred Fourteenth Congress of the United States of America

1st Session

S. 984

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

AN ACT

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Steve Gleason Act of 2015.

2.

Providing Medicare beneficiary access to eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices

(a)

In general

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 appropriate organizations).

(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to devices furnished on or after January 1, 2016.

3.

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—

(1)

in clause (ii), by striking or at the end;

(2)

in clause (iii), by adding or at the end; and

(3)

by inserting after clause (iii) the following new clause:

(iv)

in the case of devices furnished on or after October 1, 2015, and before October 1, 2018, which serves as a speech generating device or which is an accessory that is needed for the individual to effectively utilize such a device,

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Speaker of the House of Representatives

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate