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Commonly Asked Questions

Question: What is the difference between a scooter and a power wheelchair and how do I know which is right for me?
Answer:Mobility Scooters are designed primarily for outdoor use and have handle bars and a tiller for steering. Power chairs are designed for both indoor and outdoor use and are steered with one hand using a joystick. Power chairs are very maneuverable and easy to use inside the home. For more information on the differences between power chair and power scooters CLICK HERE.
Question:How Do I know if I qualify for Medicare Coverage for a power wheelchair?
Answer:Under Medicare coverage guidelines, power wheelchairs are covered if they are medically necessary for you to perform daily living activities in your home that can’t be performed using a cane, walker, manually operated wheelchair or a mobility scooter. In addition, you must demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively operate the power wheelchair in your home.
Question:What is Competitive Bidding and how does that affect my Medicare power chair coverage?
Answer:Competitive Bid Areas (CBA) means that a contract is awarded to a power chair supplier based solely on price (not quality or service). If you live in one of these areas, this takes away your choices as a consumer and you will only be able to obtain a power chair from the bid winner.