Legislation increases access to in-home lifts in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – The state’s Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform on May 6 approved legislation that would allow certified manufacturers to install residential stair lifts. Currently, lifts are regulated in the same manner as commercial elevators and can be installed only by a licensed elevator contractor. “As accessibility/HME providers, our professional mantra is to provide caring solutions for consumers to manage their health and daily lifestyles,” said Jerry Keiderling, president of Accessible Home Improvements of America, a division of the VGM Group, which helped lead advocacy efforts. “The current regulations restricted our capabilities to provide such services.” The bills, H.B. 4163 and H.B. 4162, were passed in March by the House and will now be put to a vote in the Senate.