Implants in Children: Ethics and Choices
The GRI survey asked parents to indicate whether their medical insurance provided full, partial, or no coverage for reprogramming/remapping, post-implant speech production therapy, post-implant auditory habilitation training, or for any other insurance-covered accommodations or services. Table 5.3 summarizes the responses to these questions:
addition to these services, a few parents reported that their insurance carrier
also paid for such things as batteries, new cables or wires, and summer speech
therapy. These findings closely mirror the findings in our interviews in that
insurance companies are more willing to pay for mapping expenses than for speech
or auditory therapy, and that many families incur significant out-of-pocket
The GRI questionnaire also asked parents how long, after the initial “hook up,” their medical insurance covered “CI habilitation services such as speech perception training and speech production therapy.” A little more than two-fifths of the respondents (43%) said that this benefit was provided for 6 months or less, whereas a little more than one-quarter (27%) said that nothing at all had been covered. Only about 30% of the respondents had habilitation services paid for, in whole or in part, by their insurance carrier for more than 6 months.