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Aug. 16, 2022 UPDATE:

Comment Period Opens on Power Seat Elevation Systems; Review of Power Standing Systems Delayed
 

**YOUR COMMENTS ARE NEEDED BY SEPT. 14! **

CMS has opened a 30-day comment period on Medicare coverage of power seat elevation systems in power wheelchairs. The ITEM Coalition strongly encourages all advocates and organizations to offer robust comments in support of coverage before Sept. 14, 2022. 

Unfortunately, CMS also announced it is delaying review of Medicare coverage for power standing systems to a later date. ITEM is seriously concerned and disappointed with this decision and implores CMS to open an analysis of power standing systems at the earliest possible opportunity.

We are working with CMS to make this happen, but still need your help! The immediate need is for public comments in support of power seat elevation coverage by the Sept. 14 deadline, though we encourage advocates to include their support for power standing systems in their comments as well. When a separate comment period is opened for power standing systems, we will ask individuals to submit comments again focused on those systems only. 

Please use the tools and instructions on our Advocate for Coverage page to submit your comments today! 

The ITEM Coalition is advocating for Medicare to provide coverage for seat elevation and standing systems in power wheelchairs.

Learn more about our efforts below.

Watch below to learn about our work and how you can help. 

Take Action Today

We need your help to push this effort forward. If you support coverage for beneficiaries in need of these systems, here are some easy ways to make a difference.

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Advocate for Coverage

Medicare is currently holding an open comment period to receive feedback from the public about covering these critical technologies. It’s important to share your perspective about why Medicare should cover seat elevation and standing systems – see our draft talking points and instructions. Click on the link below for more information.

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Register for Updates

There will be additional opportunities to comment to Medicare as this effort develops. We can let you know when future comment periods are opened. We will only email you when there are important developments about this effort and will not share your contact information with anyone else. Click on the link below to register for updates.

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Sign the Petition

We want to show Medicare the widespread support for this coverage! Make your voice heard by adding your name to our petition. Click on the link below to get started.

Wheelchair Systems in Action

See how Ali and Jim use these systems in their daily lives.

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