Medicare’s homebound restriction robs people with disabilities who use home health services of the chance to participate freely in their communities. David Jayne, whose battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis makes necessary such services, has become the leading advocate and spokesperson for exposing and changing this outdated policy that imprisons thousands in their own homes. In recognition of his tenacity and unswerving commitment to overturn Medicare’s homebound restriction, New Mobility is proud to name David Jayne as our 2002 Person of the Year.
David Jayne wants to get one thing straight about ALS: “The decline into paralysis is nothing short of pure hell,” he says. “Everything begins to fail, everything becomes a memory, including most friends. Many cannot cross the bridge from nondisabled to disabled with you. This disease overwhelms all that it touches.” Jayne, 40, has lived with ALS since 1987.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, attacks ne