Insurance and Costs

Tips to strengthen your case for coverage of power mobility devices

posted on November 1, 2008 - 10:24am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
Getting insurance coverage for a power wheelchair shouldn’t be a struggle. But Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance denials are not uncommon, especially when high-tech features like tilt-and-recline, seat elevators, power leg lifts and standing features are added. But as the sports experts often say, a strong defense wins championships.

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...

Government program lowers insurance premiums and relaxes eligibility standards for Americans with pre-existing health conditions

posted on June 3, 2011 - 3:26pm
In hopes of attracting more enrollees, the U.S. government is lowering premiums and easing eligibility requirements for its Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP).

If passed into law, the ABLE Act would create special savings accounts to be used for disability-related expenses without threatening other government benefits

posted on January 17, 2012 - 2:42pm

It will take time, organization and persistence, but in the end, chances are good the bill will get paid

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:17am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 3
“Frustrating” is how people with neuromuscular diseases describe health insurance companies. Essential treatments are not paid because insurers say they are medically unnecessary. Then, after waiting weeks for responses to letters, and hours holding on the phone, the hospitals, doctors and insurance companies point at each other, but expect you to pay the bill!

Competitive bidding for durable medical equipment starts Jan. 1 despite criticism of the program; MDA is urging action and seeking feedback from those affected

posted on December 3, 2010 - 4:25pm
Competitive bidding among Medicare providers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) is set to begin January 1 in nine regions of the country, despite sharp criticism of the plan by lawmakers, economists, patient advocates and others. Under the new procedures, DMEPOS providers must go through a competitive bidding process to win the right to serve Medicare...

The other side of the mountain

posted on June 1, 2001 - 9:47pm
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1997

The new health care reform law has many provisions of particular interest to people with disabilities

posted on March 23, 2010 - 1:08pm
The newly signed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a dramatic reform of the health care system, contains numerous benefits for families living with neuromuscular disease.  The legislation, approved this week by both Houses of Congress, has features taking effect over the next several months that have implications for people with disabilities. These include expansion of insurance...
posted on July 1, 2009 - 2:34pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
Who doesn’t love recess? Remember those school days … you sat at your desk with your feet dangling from your chair, dreaming of the moment when the teacher would let you and your friends go to recess? Rain or shine, you got a well-deserved break from your daily routine, and you made the most of every second of it.

Writing off caregiver expenses

posted on January 1, 2009 - 2:49pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 1
For people who find themselves spending significant sums for the services of caregivers/personal care assistants (PCAs), the good news is that some of those expenses may be recouped. The three primary areas to check out in this regard are child and dependent care expenses; unreimbursed business/employment expenses related to disability; and medical and dental expenses. Medical and dental expenses