The Cures Act Protects Access to Mobility Equipment through Medicare
On Dec. 13, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, a massive piece of legislation to help fund a wide variety of health initiatives including Medicare’s coverage of mobility equipment for those with disabilities. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both House of Representatives and the Senate, the landmark bill aims to overhaul the health system by increasing funding for medical research, advancing the development and approval of experimental treatments and improve federal policy on mental health.
At the last minute Congress included language to protect access to mobility equipment in Medicare. Without the bill, the federal Medicare office had planned to cut funding for complex rehab technology, which includes manual and power wheelchairs, seating and positioning systems and other various adaptive technology necessary for those with physical disabilities.