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Change in Medicare Wheelchair Policy May Prevent Texas Beneficiaries from Receiving Mobility Assistance Starting January
Date:12/20/2010

rant a delay in implementing the change."

Obtaining a delay in the policy is also a priority for many consumer advocacy groups. Congress has received letters from groups such as the United Spinal Association, American Association of People with Disabilities, National Council on Independent Living, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Association for Programs for Rural Independent Living.  

"We are very concerned about the effect this new policy would have on Americans with disabilities who depend on Medicare for their mobility assistance," said Kelly Buckland, executive director of the National Council on Independent Living. "The rental policy will be most devastating to people in rural areas who will have delays in receiving power wheelchairs or won't get them at all.  We urge Congress to delay implementation of this policy, so that providers can make the necessary arrangements."  

The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and other organizations in the homecare community. Members serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, home infusion, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. The Association's members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. Visit www.aahomecare.org.


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