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Step 4: Identify Costs and Alternative Ways to Obtain AT
The next step is pricing the device that you need and then establishing where you can purchase it. The dealer of the device may even be able to help you in the process. Many funding sources will be concerned with price, so this can be a very important step.
Funding sources, such as Medicaid and Medicare, only allow purchases from participating Durable Medical Equipment (DME) dealers. Keep this in mind if you are planning on using this type of source.
Check out alternative options for the assistive technology that you are requesting. Be sure to do this prior to applying for financial assistance, as this will be helpful in expediting the process. The funding source may request that you demonstrate that the request is reasonable and/ or cost effective. To assist with this, research answers for the following questions:
Could this device be made?
Could the device be borrowed from a loan program or library?
Is the cost reasonable in comparison to the benefits?
Make sure you document the answers to these questions, especially if there are no alternative devices. Cost should not be the deciding factor in selecting the right device or adaptation. Successful use of the technology is based on matching the device to your needs. When possible, a trial use of desired AT is very helpful in establishing the best match for you. Depending on your funding source, documenting your experience with the trial can be helpful.
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