Update: first-month purchase option


This just in, courtesy of Pride Mobility's Seth Johnson:

As you know, the House draft healthcare reform bill includes a provision that would eliminate the first-month purchase option for Group 1 and Group 2 power wheelchairs. It exempts Group 3 complex power wheelchairs.

But "there is some talk about an alternative provision," Johnson said. "Nothing has been offered yet, but it would preserve the purchase option (and) meet the goals of the committees."

The Senate Finance Committee's draft healthcare reform bill, which industry stakeholders expect to be released some time this week, so far doesn't contain the provision.

"The Senate has heard quite a bit from consumer and clinician groups in support of preserving the option," he said. "That appears to be resonating well."