The US federal health insurance program Medicare has for the first time made a payment for Israeli-made exoskeleton ReWalk, a wearable robotic device that allows paraplegics to walk again.

The ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton provides powered hip and knee motion for people with a spinal cord injury (SCI), allowing them to stand upright, walk, turn, and climb up and down stairs.

The payment of $94,617 to ReWalk was made via Medicare administrative contractor Noridian Healthcare Solutions and signals the federal agency’s division to recognize the ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton as a medically necessary device for people with an SCI.

A November 2023 change in the Medicare rules on its brace benefit category, which took effect on January 1, 2024, meant that ReWalk was now eligible for funding by the healthcare provider and could be funded in a complete single payment.

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ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton inventor Amit Gofer is a Technion alumnus.