Disability Groups Make Final Push to Preserve Mobility Equipment

Posted by Reeve Foundation Staff in Daily Dose on October 20, 2016 # Advocacy and Policy

Disability groups – including the Reeve Foundation – are making a final push for Congress to protect access to the individually configured and customized wheelchairs necessary for people with paralysis to live healthy, independent lives.

The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology recently placed an ad in USA Today urging Congress to pass a bill to avert drastic cuts in payments for wheelchairs and other equipment. Many people with paralysis already face barriers to obtaining the right equipment – and the Medicare payment reductions scheduled for January 1, 2017 would make it more difficult.

The Reeve Foundation – along with the National MS Society, United Spinal, ALS Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and other disability groups – have been advocating for Congress to pass HR 3229. To let Congress know that you support preserving access to properly fitting, high quality wheelchairs, visit our Action Center.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.