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    electric wheelchair advice

    Has anyone had a demo or own a merits vision powerchair? The supplier is pushing this chair at me telling me it is the only one medicare will pay the 80% for. I have never heard of this make or model before??? anyone???

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    merits have a website - http://www.meritshealth.com/ - i was looking at their tubular folding chair before. but i dont recall a vision. but check their products list anyway.

    spinlife sell some medicare-elegible powerchairs, but i dont know what percentage this out-of-pocket equates to: http://www.spinlife.com/medicare/bil...heelchairs.cfm

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyk
    merits have a website - http://www.meritshealth.com/ - i was looking at their tubular folding chair before. but i dont recall a vision. but check their products list anyway.

    spinlife sell some medicare-elegible powerchairs, but i dont know what percentage this out-of-pocket equates to: http://www.spinlife.com/medicare/bil...heelchairs.cfm
    The Merits Health P326 mid-wheel-drive powerchair "Vision" looks to me like a Hoveround for old folks. It looks like one of those chairs with only the "car seat" type seating system that does not work well for quads.
    It sure doesn't look powerful, stable for outdoors nor very sturdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knfmyers
    The supplier is pushing this chair at me telling me it is the only one medicare will pay the 80% for.
    He's lying!! Medicare paid for a Quantum 6000 with tilt for me about 6 months ago. You don't have to let them choose for you. I agree with RandR, it looks cheap and probly doesn't come with tilt...? If you need to tilt for pressure relief, get it!!!!





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    Medicare will pay for a reasonable number of power wheelchairs. I saw the list but can't remember where.
    Mostly they pay for wheelchairs manufactured by Pride Mobility.
    These are one of the least expensive chairs on the market. Thats why they purchase from them.

    Dr. Rory Cooper from the Human Engineering Research Laboratory tested powerchairs and he says the best buy are the Invacare Storm or Ranger series chairs. Long lasting with little repairs. You would think government would buy those. Of course not.
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    This will be my first chair and I need help from everyone. I feel confused. I have given this provider my prescription from the dr. and done my paperwork with the dr. The provider brought me a chair to demo. It was a merit vision. He told me it comes standard with a flip back for the controls and That anything listed as an "options" is no longer covered by medicare because they have revised their rules in 2008. Which means no power lift, no leg support or tilt/recline. Should I try to stop the paper trail on this and get a second opinion from another medical supplier/dealer? I have not signed anything so I do not think it has gone as far as ordering as far as I know. PLEASE HELP this is my first experience and I do not want to have something uncomfortable...

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    STOP NOW. THIS SOUNDS LIKE BULLSHIT.
    If your doctor says you need certain options, you need them. This dealer is an asshole. There are a lot of people on this forum that know their stuff. Wait and find out more info. Get a chair from Pride Mobility. Thats where Jazzy's Quantum comes from.
    I do not like the looks of that Merit chair. It has tiny mid wheel drive wheels, sure to get you stuck. My two cents get front wheel drive if possible.
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    I just got approved for a power chair with tilt. I live in PA. and have medicaid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by forestranger52
    If your doctor says you need certain options, you need them.
    Exactly! If he says you need power tilt for pressure relief, you will get it. The only options that I can think of that you will not get is seat elevator, legrest elevation, and high performance package. There is something very wrong going on here. He's pushing for that model for some sort of kick-back perhaps. Maybe member SCI OTR will see this and can comment.





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    I will call the carrier on Monday to see how far this has gotten so I can at least get some opinions on here about what I should do to proceed.. I suppose I would need another prescription for another carrier should I go another place. ? Does anyone know if there is a place where I can go to see what chairs Medicare will pay for? I like the storm/ranger type. are they more comfortable than the seats that look like they came out of a vehicle?

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