Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield to cover ReWalk exoskeleton for plan member
ReWalk Robotics announced a Florida court ruling that found Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida must provide coverage of a ReWalk exoskeleton system for a plan member with a spinal cord injury. This court decision is the latest of several in the United States that have ruled in favor of the individual after original denial of claims by commercial insurers. Following an extensive formal evidentiary hearing, the State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings held that there is "persuasive evidence", including current clinical studies and medical literature that show "exoskeletons (including the ReWalk) are no longer 'experimental or investigational.'" The judge's finding was echoed by a medical expert whose testimony determined exoskeleton technology for spinal cord injured individuals meets a common standard of medical practice. In ruling for coverage for this individual, the Judge concluded: ".... the ReWalk and other exoskeleton devices have been studied extensively. They have been tested in different environments and on many different individuals. They are already used extensively even as testing continues."