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Home Medical Equipment Providers Recognize Americans with Disabilities Act 20th Anniversary, Vow to Fight for Greater Access to Care

Mon, 07/26/2010 - 10:37am
Bio-Medicine.Org

ARLINGTON, Va., July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Providers of home medical equipment and services, such as wheelchairs, oxygen therapy, and diabetic supplies, are recognizing the importance of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) today. Home medical equipment and services help seniors and people with disabilities to remain independent and safe at home.  

"We celebrate the opportunities and freedoms that the ADA has created for millions of Americans," said Tyler J. Wilson, president of the American Association for Homecare, which represents providers of home medical equipment and services.

"The homecare community will fight to preserve access to medically required care and equipment that fosters this freedom and independence, especially in light of Medicare policies, such as the mislabeled 'competitive' bidding program, that are making it more difficult for people to receive the devices and services they need to continue to reside in their own homes."

Dozens of patient advocacy organizations and more than 250 members of Congress oppose the badly designed bidding program for medical equipment and services since it will force thousands of home medical equipment businesses to close, reducing competition in the long term and reducing access to care and choice of medical equipment providers for the nation's seniors and people living with disabilities. The homecare community endorses legislation to create an alternative payment policy, outlined in H.R. 3790, which would reduce Medicare spending but preserve the infrastructure for providing cost-effective durable medical equipment and services.  

"I am worried about the impact of competitive bidding," said Lucy Spruill

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