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Rise for Access

Medicare wants to hear from you.

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May 16, 2023 UPDATE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finds that power seat elevation equipment on Medicare-covered power wheelchairs (PWCs) falls within the benefit category for durable medical equipment (DME). 


On May 16, CMS released its long-awaited decision to offer Medicare coverage for seat elevation systems in power wheelchairs, for the first time ever. This is a MAJOR VICTORY for the disability community. 

The ITEM Coalition sincerely thanks all wheelchair users, providers, caregivers, advocates, and organizations who submitted comments during the first comment period - your voices clearly made an impact! 

To read CMS' decision summary, click here. 

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.


Advocate for Coverage

Medicare announced a proposal to cover seat elevation systems for power wheelchair users, but we need additional public feedback to make sure the agency finalizes this decision. It's important to share your perspective about why Medicare should cover seat elevation. Click on the link below to submit a comment TODAY! 


Register for Updates

We expect a final decision on seat elevation systems from CMS this May, and there will be additional opportunities to comment in support of standing systems later on. 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. 


Sign the Petition

We want to show Medicare the widespread support for this coverage! If you haven't already, 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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