Many of you have followed my nearly two-year quest to have Cigna cover Eli’s speech. If you didn’t, go back and read the old posts before this one. Today, I received the above check and receipt, which is a reimbursement for all of Eli’s 2016 therapy, when he started last summer with his current therapist, and 50 sessions in 2017. A couple weeks ago, we also received a check from Eli’s first speech therapist, who worked with him for the first half of 2016 and also in 2015.
Receiving these reimbursements is bittersweet. On the one hand, I am grateful that we have been able to provide Eli with so much help. On the other hand, in fighting so hard, I wanted things to change–not just for Eli but for ALL children who are trying to find their voice. Speech therapy coverage for apraxia varies widely, from no coverage at all to a set number of sessions a year to the very lucky few who receive close to or even full coverage. The bottom line is, most of what is covered isn’t enough for these kids who need intense intervention, often for many years.
The fight is not over; it is just beginning. I am not closing the book and calling it a day. This is one chapter that I’m proud to bring to a close, but I can’t wait to share where the story goes from here. It will be full of surprises for us all.