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The Independence through Enhanced Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition is devoted to raising awareness and building support for policies that will enhance access to assistive devices, technologies, and related services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. The coalition is consumer-led and includes a diverse set of disability organizations, aging organizations, other consumer groups, voluntary health associations, and non-profit provider associations.

ITEM Coalition Includes ACI Alliance Priorities in CMS Letter

ACI Alliance participates in coalitions with other organizations in healthcare or disability fields to expand opportunities to address public policy issues. In August 2019, the Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition included difficulty in securing long-term cochlear implant equipment under Medicaid in a letter to CMS regarding the Patients over Paperwork Initiative.  The letter recommend that CMS should prioritize simplified and transparent coverage policies on cochlear implantation when reviewing state plan amendments and waiver requests. To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.

The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.