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MDA Advocates help sway legislators drafting health care reform bill

posted on July 15, 2009 - 3:30pm
Proposed legislation that would have eliminated a first-month purchase option for power wheelchairs provided by Medicare now has been reworked to retain this option for those who use complex Class 3 power wheelchairs. MDA Vice President for Advocacy Annie Kennedy credited quick response by MDA advocates with helping sway the House of Representatives Tri-Committee on health care reform, which...

Power wheelchair users urged to speak up to preserve first-month purchase option

posted on July 10, 2009 - 9:32am
People who receive a power wheelchair through Medicare may lose the option to buy the chair immediately, under a proposed change to Medicare rules being considered by committees dealing with healthcare reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. The proposed rule change would eliminate the first-month purchase option for power wheelchairs provided by Medicare, requiring all Medicare...