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American Association of People With Disabilities and Consumer Advocates Strongly Oppose Medicare Wheelchair Policy That Will Harm Medicare Beneficiaries
Date:12/22/2011

eneficiaries can improve their mobility and enjoy a better life."

In New York, Angela Bray, an advocate for the disabled community and vice chair of the Human Rights Commission in Niagara Falls, said, "We urge Sen. Chuck Schumer to step in and help stop this project.  Sen. Schumer has a long history of caring about vulnerable New Yorkers. It is unfair for the federal government to try and save money by making it more difficult for seniors and people living with disabilities to obtain power wheelchairs that can allow them to live independently in their homes, and delay confinement in expensive care facilities and nursing homes.  This project must be stopped so that Medicare beneficiaries in New York can improve their mobility and their quality of life."

In addition, United Spinal Association wrote to Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, respectively, asking Congress to take immediate action to halt the project. The organization urged CMS to work with Congress and power mobility stakeholders to identify alternative approaches for reducing overpayments and abuse without significant disruptions to the disability and aging communities.

"Advocates across the country recognize that this is bad public policy that will harm some of the most vulnerable people in our society," said Tyler J. Wilson, president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare. "We hope that Congress and the Administration are hearing their voices. CMS moved unilaterally with no notice to Congress, Medicare beneficiaries, or the power mobility community. This policy must be stopped before our seniors and people living with disabilities are harmed by it."

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