12/05/2008

Pretty amazing news -- Medicare and private health insurance may start paying for older people to carry a gun

From Slashgear:

Now comes word that, after some FDA pondering, the Palm Pistol has been designated a Class I Medical Device. That means that doctors will eventually be able to prescribe the weapon to qualified patients, who will then be able to claim the cost back through private or Medicare health insurance. . . .

Next step before prescriptions can be made is an application - already submitted by manufacturer Constitution Arms - to CMS contractor Noridian “for a DME (Durable Medical Equipment) Coding Verification in order to be assigned an HCPCS code”. No comment as yet from health insurers themselves.


Thanks to Gus Cotey for sending me the link yesterday.

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4 Comments:

Blogger bdickens said...

I like seeing anything like this that makes it easier for people to defend themselves from predators.

12/05/2008 12:26 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Teddy Roosevelt referred to his Winchester rifle as "big medicine", so, I agree: older adults need to be able to give a dose to anyone that needs it.

12/05/2008 2:29 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

I've either lost my mind, or I have imbibed too much today.

An ergonomic firearm is okay by the FDA? (Rhyme intended). Is denial of medical devices legal?

How will the current illegal firearms laws address this issue? Is a valid medical device exempt from draconian measures that are designed to disarm as many as possible? It is quite obvious to many here, that our personal saftey is of no concern to the Government. It is Government that fears an armed populace, and rightly so. After all, that was the intention of those who drafted the Bill of Rights.

12/05/2008 6:19 PM  
Blogger The Right Guy said...

But what if you live in DC, NYC, or somewhere else where it is impossible to get a license?

12/06/2008 10:41 AM  

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