ACTION-CRTStarting Jan. 1, Medicare will make drastic reimbursement cuts as high as 30 to 40 percent or more on wheelchair complex rehab components — this means everything from cushions and seat backs to wheelchair controllers on both manual and power chairs will be affected. Put another way, that’s almost everything but the frame of the wheelchair. This is a result of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final Rule 1614-F, which will go into effect on Jan. 1 unless Congress stops it.

I’m in my 30th year as a T10 complete para, I’ve worked as a sales rep for both a manufacturer and local wheelchair dealer, and I’ve seen first hand that Medicare reimbursement margins on wheelchairs and components are already so thin that these cuts will make it extremely difficult to get many components and others will no longer be offered. Companies simply can’t make a product at a net loss. Worse yet, private insurance companies generally use Medicare as a guideline for what they will pay for, so if these cuts are allowed to stand, every wheelchair user may be