Coverage for charges from a certified organization to purchase a service animal that is specifically and individually trained to perform tasks in order to benefit individuals with blindness, deafness, paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Service animal for purposes of this provision is defined in the American’s With Disabilities Act, as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.
Participants must obtain prior approval from the benefits administrator. If prior approval is not obtained, no benefits will be payable under the program.