Health – Congress Delays Implementation of Harmful Complex Wheelchair Components Proposal

On December 18, The House and Senate passed S. 2425, the “Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act.” The bill includes, among other bipartisan Medicare provisions, a one-year delay preventing CMS from inappropriately restricting access to critical complex wheelchair components, which was slated to begin on January 1, 2016. The one year delay will allow advocates time to fix the barriers facing individuals with significant disabilities who need access to specialized technology. The President is expected to sign the legislation.

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