NCIL Action Alert: Tell Congress to stop Medicare reform mistakes that impede access to wheelchair repairs!
Many Medicare beneficiaries’ access to mobility equipment and repairs is becoming increasingly challenged as a result of recent Medicare reform. In July 2013, Medicare introduced the Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program.
This program lowers the amount that Medicare pays for mobility equipment and limits who can supply and repair these items. As a result, access to repairs for integral mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers is becoming increasingly limited.
A hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee began at 10:30 a.m. on H.R. 3717, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013”.
If passed, this bill would strip people with psychiatric disabilities of their rights and voice. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), the bill sponsor, is using yesterday’s tragic shooting in Fort Hood, Texas, as political fodder to ram this bill through.
People with psychiatric disabilities have important contributions to make towards a sustainable mental health system, and entities that protect their rights, such as Protection & Advocacy Agencies, must not be stripped of federal funding that supports mental health rights legal advocacy.
Each year, people across the globe take time to recognize the millions of people living on the autism spectrum, including 1 out of every 68 American children. Americans with autism contribute to all aspects of society and are an essential thread in the diverse tapestry of our Nation. On World Autism Awareness Day, we offer our support and respect to all those on the autism spectrum.
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Marty Wooten, the founder of the SKIL Resource Center, passed away Wednesday, March 26.
"It is with a heavy heart that I am delivering the sad news that the founder of SKIL and the GREAT mission of we are all fighting, has passed away." SKIL Chief Executive Officer Shari Coatney said in an e-mail to the staff. "Marty Wooten -- a true advocate and a fighter with amazing strength -- passed away at her home in Fredonia."
Wooten (at left in the photo) along with her sister, Jeanette Pruitt (right), petitioned the state and began assisting people -- mainly in the Southeast Kansas area -- in 1992. Today, SKIL assists persons with disabilities and the elderly to live independently all across the state of Kansas -- through its headquarters in Parsons and seven other outreach offices.
The deadline for open enrollment is March 31st. As the Administration said previously, those consumers who are in line by the March 31st deadline to complete enrollment, we will make sure you get covered.
Just like Election Day, if you are in line when the polls close, you get to vote. We won’t close the door on those who tried to get covered and were unable to do so through no fault of their own. So, those who were in line or had technical problems with the website can quickly come back and sign up as soon as possible.