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  • Cigna to now cover ReWalk exoskeletons

    Private U.S. Insurer to Adopt National Policy Change for Coverage of Personal Exoskeleton Devices

    BY PR Newswire
    ? 8:01 AM ET 02/13/2019


    MARLBOROUGH, Mass. and YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel, Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ReWalk Robotics, Ltd. ("ReWalk" or the "Company"), disclosed today that Cigna Corporation, a leading global health service company, has revised its policy regarding coverage of exoskeleton medical devices for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). Cigna, which previously had a non-coverage policy, will now review submissions from beneficiaries on a case-by-case basis to consider providing coverage based on medical criteria. This policy revision is the first of its kind by a major private insurer for individuals eligible to use exoskeleton devices. While the policy change has already taken effect, the formal policy change will be updated in Cigna's next revision cycle, expected to be published in or around Q3 2019.


    "This is a major milestone for healthcare beneficiaries in the United States," said ReWalk CEO Larry Jasinski. "Cigna is leading by example with its understanding of emerging technologies, a focus on improving the overall health and well-being of beneficiaries, and most of all, in the development of progressive policies," said Jasinski. "This new policy is expected to have an immediate impact on the lives of qualified beneficiaries who will now have access to life changing medical devices."
    This policy update marks the latest national decision in the U.S. for exoskeleton devices for spinal cord injured individuals. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued a national policy for the evaluation, training and procurement of ReWalk Personal exoskeleton systems for all qualifying veterans across the United States. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimates there are about 17,700 new spinal cord injuries cases each year and the number of people with SCI living in the United States is currently estimated to be approximately 288,000 persons.
    "ReWalk has prioritized interacting directly with payors and educating them regarding the benefits of exoskeletons use, and Cigna's decision comes after providing them the most recent evidence. We anticipate that other payors will follow Cigna's leadership in providing the latest and most current technologies for their members," Jasinski added.


  • #2
    I'm going to look into getting one of these. This partial solution for our plights could be a stepping stone to improving our lives and envisioning an eventual cure. A cure could come in many small pieces starting to come together.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Patton57 View Post
      I'm going to look into getting one of these. This partial solution for our plights could be a stepping stone to improving our lives and envisioning an eventual cure. A cure could come in many small pieces starting to come together.
      that would be o awesome keep us in loop pls

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      • #4
        Not sure how "go fuck yourself" being changed to "we'll review that an exoskeleton is not medically necessary and then say go fuck yourself" is now "being covered".

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Andy View Post
          Not sure how "go fuck yourself" being changed to "we'll review that an exoskeleton is not medically necessary and then say go fuck yourself" is now "being covered".
          Perhaps this would be good advice for you personally,Andy.

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