You won’t be surprised to hear that one of our most-frequently-asked questions is, “Will insurance pay for Lexercise dyslexia evaluation or treatment?”
Although we know from scientific evidence that dyslexia is a life-long condition caused by a language-processing irregularity in the brain’s “wiring,” for insurance purposes, it is often considered a learning disability with no medical basis. While ADD, ADHD, and autism are considered medical diagnoses and may be covered by insurance, dyslexia is still seen by many insurers as a “developmental” or “academic” issue that should be handled by schools.
Unfortunately, many parents spend frustrating months and even years pursuing insurance coverage for their child’s evaluation and treatment, only to learn that it’s nonexistent. Meanwhile, their child continues to fall behind his or her peers.
Public schools begin routine academic testing of children at about age 6 or 7, but many parents see their child struggling to read, write or spell long before that. School testing is not the same as comprehensive dyslexia evaluation and is typically not designed to diagnose the specific and individual learning challenges of dyslexia.
We strongly encourage parents to seek professional evaluation for their child as soon as possible if the child is struggling to read, write or spell. Professionals who are qualified to test for and diagnose dyslexia include some specifically trained psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and clinical educators. The resulting written report includes comprehensive test data, an initial diagnosis and a plan for intervention outlining recommended steps for treatment. You can learn more about Lexercise online evaluation and treatment programs here.
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and flexible spending accounts (FSA) often have more informed policies concerning dyslexia. You may be able to pay for evaluation and treatment from your account.
If your child was adopted, you may have access to Adoption Assistance for dyslexia services through the Department of Social Services. (Eligibility requirements are defined by each state, so check your local coverage.) Medicaid does not cover dyslexia.
In any case, the online evaluation and treatment offered by Lexercise significantly reduce out-of-pocket costs.
As public understanding of dyslexia catches up with medical science, we are hopeful that insurance procedures will be updated to recognize the biological basis of dyslexia and the very real needs of individuals and families dealing with this challenge.
Please contact us for more information at Info@Lexercise.com or 1-919-747-4557.
Sandie is a speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience in the private practice sector. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and founder/owner of the Language & Learning Clinic, PLLC, a private practice in Elkin, NC, and Greensboro, NC, specializing in communication disorders, including disorders of reading and written language.