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Open Letter to LA Senators Urges Support for Assistive Technology

March 2014 — Former New Orleans Saints player, Steve Gleason, issued an open letter to Louisiana Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and David Vitter (R-LA) and other Louisiana Congress Members  urging them to consider supporting a recent bi-partisan piece of legislation, The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act [S.948 and H.R. 942].  The Act would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure that complex rehabilitation technology is covered under Medicare. In his letter Gleason, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2011, stresses that for individuals with ALS and similar conditions, assistive technology is essential, yet often an extreme financial burden.  The proposed bill would help reduce this burden and grant individuals greater access to assistive technology. Gleason has also created a petition regarding this matter.

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