Medicare and private health insurers decline to cover cheap devices such as iPhones and netbook PCs that can help speech-impaired students and others, despite their usefulness and lower cost, reports the New York Times. Kara Lynn has ALS disease, which has attacked the muscles around her mouth and throat, removing her ability to speak. A few years ago, she spent more than $8,000 to buy a computer, approved by Medicare, that turns typed words into speech. Under government insurance requirements, the maker of the PC, which ran ordinary Microsoft Windows software, had to block any non-speech functions, like sending eMail...

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