MDA is urging Congress to pass legislation protecting the benefits of Americans with severe physical disabilities by exempting certain types of assistive technology from a restrictive new Medicare policy that went into effect this summer in 10 major metropolitan areas, says Annie Kennedy, MDA vice president for advocacy.
Medicare’s competitive bidding program designates only a few Medicare-approved vendors in each area (often the lowest bidders), jeopardizing access to complex customized equipment and assistive technology that’s critically important to people with ALS and other severe disabilities.
MDA is supporting passage of the Medicare Access to Complex Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Act (H.R. 2231/S. 2931), which would exempt persons with neuromuscular disease from the competitive bidding process for “all complex rehabilitation products and assistive technologies” such as sophisticated power wheelchairs with tilt-and-recline features.
To learn more about this issue and how you can help, visit MDA’s Advocacy Web page, www.mda.org/advocacy or call (800) 572-1717.