Step 1: Complete the AT assessment (for assistance see the Technical Assistance Guide, “AT for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities”). Identify AT necessary to meet an IFSP outcome.
Step 2: Identify all possible resources to cover the cost of the recommended AT devices and services. Possible resources include, but are not limited to the following:
- SoonerCare (Medicaid) - A funding source that provides reimbursement for medical services for individuals who are financially and categorically eligible. Devices must be medically necessary for the child and must be prescribed by a physician. There must be a statement of the medical necessity to justify the equipment. Medicaid will also reimburse medically necessary services and devices which are unrelated to the child's developmental The Oklahoma Health Care Authority can provide more information.
- Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program - The program is designed to reuse valuable durable medical equipment (DME) that is no longer needed, and reassign to Oklahoma residents in need. Priority will be given to SoonerCare members, but any Oklahoma resident is eligible with a completed application.
- SSI-Disabled Children's Program (SSI-DCP) - This state program provides formula, diapers (for children over four), adaptive equipment, including van lifts, and environmental aids. Children must be receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and under 16 years of age to be eligible. Applications can be made at the county Department of Human Services office.
- Private pay - The parent may choose to purchase devices or services for the child with private funds. This can occur either when AT is initially recommended by the multidisciplinary team or during the transition process, at a reduced fair market value, for equipment that was formerly purchased by SoonerStart or other public or private resources.
- Private insurance - The parent may choose to use their insurance company if their policy covers the cost of AT devices or services. Parents may decline to use private health insurance based on financial cost considerations, such as a out-of-pocket expenses, co- pays, insurance deductions, or decreases in lifetime coverage.
- Alternative resources - Private foundations, charitable organizations, service clubs, or other local groups may be approached to provide funding support for AT devices or services.
- Other - A combination of any of the above or some other creative source that results in provision of AT devices or services.