October 06, 2005
How to persuade feds to change wheelchair policy
Update: Commenters offer an idea for grassroots activism at its best! Join the discussion.
Original story: Wheelchair users still can't get Medicare to pay for scooters and chairs unless they're for use "in the home." This ridiculous policy still hasn't changed, although advocates have pressed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services repeatedly.
Earlier this year, CMS revised its wheelchair coverage policy, and had the opportunity to reconsider this restriction.
"However, CMS chose to maintain the 'in the home' rule, making it clear that Medicare will not cover wheelchairs that many beneficiaries need to live independently and access their communities."
The ITEM Coalition (ITEM stands for "Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid") is asking folks to participate in its "Access to Mobility Call-In Day." Throughout the day, individuals are encouraged to call their Senators and Representatives and ask them to support efforts to improve access to mobility devices for people with disabilities.
Call 1-877-224-0041 (TOLL FREE). Ask the Capitol Operator to connect you to your Senators and Representatives to ask them to support efforts to improve access to mobility devices for people with disabilities.
Posted on October 06, 2005