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    Petition to preserve complex rehab technology in USA

    Petitions may not have a large effect but they are a way of educating people. Preserving funding for complex rehab technology is truly a critical issue now in the USA, scary in multiple ways. If this change passes, not only will the government not fund this equipment, but insurers will not be far behind. What makes it even worse is that this will discourage companies from investing in new products for us, because Medicare and other insurers will not reimburse. We are returning to the olden days when SCIs had to buy all equipment out of pocket. I encourage everyone, whether directly impacted or not, to please sign because this will only continue to impact other reimbursement areas if we don't speak up. They say we are 20% of the population, so this is the time to show our real clout.

    Unfortunately, this move was kind of foreseeable. Medicare would lose billions of dollars over the next decade due to the ACA, that was brought to light before it was enacted. Also, providers are pricing their products at ridiculous markup costs. When a high end wheelchair costs more than a fully electric car, to me, it's understandable that insurers won't continue paying for equipment. Insurance has created noncompetitive inflation.

    Many newly injured may not have the opportunity to live a full life if this change is enacted. And we will live with "unsupported" equipment that will eventually wear out, and our lives will be drastically worse.

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    petition: Stop Medicare from Making Cuts to Complex Wheelchair Accessories

    There is a new "We the People" petition to Stop Medicare from Making Inappropriate Cuts to Complex Wheelchair Accessories that is scheduled to take effect in January 2016. You only need to enter your name/e-mail/zip code.

    Despite past legislation & recent congressional action, Medicare is diminishing reimbursement rates for complex rehab wheelchair accessories & seating systems in January 2016. This will have a devastating impact on severely disabled people across the U.S.

    People with significant disabilities such as ALS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy & spinal cord injuries rely on these items to meet their medical & independence needs.

    No clinical or medical evidence has been provided as to why these changes are necessary. If this policy is not rescinded, major decreases in availability (or outright elimination) of individually configured complex rehab wheelchair systems will occur.

    To protect access for people with severe disabilities, this policy must be rescinded.
    Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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    Exclamation Petition to stop proposed cuts to Complex Rehab seating and mobility accessories

    We need 100,000 signatures to bring this issue to the attention of President Obama. It takes less than a minute to click the link in the article and sign the petition. Pass this along to friends and family!

    Thank you!


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    Exclamation New Mobility Blog - take action to stop Medicare cuts to complex rehab equipment!

    Very informative blog from Bob Vogel / New Mobility magazine. Take action by signing the petition (link within the blog) and adding your voice to thousands who have already signed on their support! 100,000 signatures puts this issue directly in front of President Obama, who can rescind these proposed cuts with the strike of a pen.

    Thank you!


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    Protect Our Independence - Medicare

    Medicare wants to deny access to the much needed complex wheelchairs most of us are in need of. PLEASE check this website and consider signing the petition. They need 84,000 more signatures by October 25, 2015.

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    Sign it, this could affect everyone eventually since cushions are included.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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