Harkin decries in-the-home rule

Saturday, March 31, 2007

WASHINGTON - Medicare's in-the-home restriction for power mobility devices needs to be changed, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, told attendees at a Feb. 27 briefing about disability policy issues, according to AAHomecare. "How can we expect the (American with Disabilities Act's) goals to be fulfilled when the largest purchaser of health care in this country, Medicare, pays only for wheelchairs that are appropriate for use in a person's home--giving no consideration to the need for mobility in the community and in the workplace?" Harkin asked. Congress needs to review and reform Medicare policies like the in-the-home requirement to restore the ADA, he said.