Opinion: Medicare needs to update its wheelchair coverage for the 21st century

Both of us have spent much of our lives in wheelchairs. But not just any wheelchairs. Ours are equipped with power seat elevation and standing technologies individually configured to meet our needs.

At the push of a button, our wheelchairs can elevate us to eye level with a nondisabled person or position us in a “standing” posture. We can complete everyday tasks like going to the bathroom or stocking kitchen cabinets that are nearly impossible for those who spend all or nearly all their time in wheelchairs without these capabilities.

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