February 15, 2023 UPDATE: Public Comments Needed Again to Lock in Decision: www.rise4Access.org by MARCH 17, 2023
CMS released its long-awaited proposed decision to offer Medicare coverage for seat elevation systems in power wheelchairs, for the first time ever. This is a MAJOR VICTORY for the disability community.
Over the last several years it has been such an honor to be part of the ITEM coalition with the most incredible advocates I have ever met. Everyone has worked tirelessly over the years and this is a tremendous step forward, but the work is not yet done. Thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts to all of the wheelchair users, providers, caregivers, advocates, and organizations who submitted comments during the first comment period – your voices clearly made an impact!
Though this proposal is a huge step forward, our work is not yet done. CMS is now accepting more public comments for the next 30 days to weigh in on their decision, and we need your help to make sure the agency finalizes this as soon as possible. We urge all interested parties to once again SHARE YOUR STORY (www.rise4Access.org ) with CMS and let them know they are making the right decision.
If you’ve any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!