Healthcare Reform Bill and Power Mobility

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The Healthcare Reform Bill has raised several questions about its impact on America's senior citizens.

physician with elderly patientHoveround is committed to helping our customers understand these laws around healthcare and power wheelchairs, and working with Congress to ensure America's seniors maintain access to the products and services they need to maintain or regain their independence.

How Does this Bill Affect You?

As of January 1, 2011, instead of a purchase option, Medicare required that power wheelchairs be rented over a period of 13 months. Rather than being billed once, seniors will be billed over 13 months for any applicable co-pays and deductibles. Once payment is made in full through both Medicare and any beneficiary co-pays and/or deductibles, the ownership of the power wheelchair is transferred to you.

Details about the Bill

The new law will impact seniors seeking mobility products in several ways:

  • female physician with stethoscopeIn the past, Medicare beneficiaries had the option to purchase or rent their power wheelchairs. Due to long-term needs, over 95% of seniors purchased their power wheelchairs.
  • Medicare beneficiaries no longer had the option to purchase their power wheelchairs. Their only option is to rent the equipment over a 13-month period.
  • Once the 13-month rental period is over and payment has been received in full, Hoveround, or another equipment supplier, will transfer ownership to the beneficiary.
  • Rather than being billed once, seniors will be billed over 13 months for any applicable co-pays and deductibles.

Hoveround is committed to providing you with the high-quality mobility products that you need, and strives to support our customers with the best-in-class customer service they have come to expect.

If you have further questions about how the new law will impact you, please don't hesitate to contact one of our mobility specialists. You can call us toll-free, and our goal is always to provide you with all of the information and resources you need to make the best mobility decision for you.


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