Gleason urges La. lawmakers to sign bills to support people with disabilities

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Posted on March 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 6:40 PM

Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Former Saints player Steve Gleason is asking Louisiana lawmakers to support bills that help people with disabilities get access to complex rehabilitation technology.

Gleason, who suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), wrote an open letter to the congressional delegation asking for support of two bi-partisan measures that would help those with limitations, get specialized technology through Medicare and Medicaid.

Gleason is concerned that new rules, beginning next week, would mean people could not afford the kind of technology they need for their daily lives, such as the speech device that allows Gleason to communicate with his eyes.

He said he wanted to know why not one lawmaker from Louisiana had signed on.

"There's so many advances in medicine, and those technologies have to be matched with smarter policies that are funding in Washington and so yes, I'm looking forward to it and think that it's a great possibility," said Senator Mary Landrieu.

Monday Senator David Vitter co-sponsored the bill and said, "This bill allows people with physical limitations to live more independently. Team Gleason has been a strong advocate, raising awareness for this legislation that will help people like Steve live a higher quality of life."

The bills Gleason wrote in support of are S948 and HR 942.

 

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