TMA is excited to share the news about Medicare coverage for seat elevation for Medicare beneficiaries using power wheelchairs.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made a significant expansion to its coverage policies for individuals relying on power wheelchairs. Effective immediately, Medicare will now cover seat elevation in power wheelchairs for Medicare beneficiaries. This decision comes as a result of extensive public input and advocacy efforts, demonstrating the power of community involvement and the impact it can have on healthcare policies.
The coverage decision marks a milestone achievement for the #Rise4Access movement, a collective effort of wheelchair users, advocates, clinicians, and researchers. Their dedication and commitment to improve accessibility for individuals. CMS acknowledged the importance of their cause and recognized the need to address the challenges faced by Medicare beneficiaries who rely on power wheelchairs for their mobility related activities of daily living (MRADLs)
A great decision!
CMS’s decision to expand coverage for seat elevation in power wheelchairs is a direct result of public participation and engagement. The agency received an astounding 2,130 public comments, which included valuable insights and personal stories from individuals directly affected by this issue. The overwhelming response highlighted the pressing need for policy changes that recognize and address the unique challenges faced by Medicare beneficiaries who rely on power wheelchairs.
Many of the medical conditions may include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, paralysis, ALS, limb amputation, and other mobility-related conditions.
Working together, promoting progress
This decision underscores the importance of public advocacy and demonstrates that voices can affect change in healthcare policies. The dedication and perseverance of the Rise4Access movement and its supporters have created a lasting impact that will benefit countless individuals for years to come.
As we celebrate this milestone, it is important to remember that progress is driven by collective action. Community involvement and advocacy is so important. By working together, we can continue to shape policies, promote equality, and enhance accessibility.