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Medical Assistance Action Alert!

Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 10:03 AM  posted by jbuytaert

by mnccd

Committee deadline for action on the MA Income Standard Increase bill is only FOUR days away. MN-CCD urges you to contact Health and Human Services Policy Committee Chairs using the script below, and tell them it’s important that this bill gets a hearing in their committee this week!

Dear Minnesota Disability Advocates, Activists and Allies,

There are many exciting and important things happening this legislative session.  I’m writing to ask you take action on one of them today.

There is a new law that raises the amount people are allowed to make each much and still be eligible for Medical Assistance (MA), Minnesota’s Medicaid program.  Because this law will expand the number of people who qualify for MA it is also known as Medicaid Expansion.  This is wonderful news but there is one big problem.  The law left elders and people with disabilities behind.  Here’s what things will look like in January 2014: Read more

Help Spread the Word – U.S. Judge Renounces Medicare Competitive Bidding Program

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank issued a memorandum about the current Medicare competitive bidding system that threatens to rob senior citizens and people with disabilities of quality home medical equipment and care.

“Defendants appear indifferent to, if not ignore entirely, the large number of individuals in the United States of America that are developmentally disabled and have other disabilities, who have been prescribed and provided [custom] feeding tubes for a number of years,” he quotes in the memorandum.

Judge Frank ends his memorandum by stating, “This is a sad day for those who believe that when a judge adheres, even-handedly, to his or her oath of office, justice will prevail and the public interest will be served.  To the extent that a civilized and democratic society is measured by the manner in which it treats and protects its most vulnerable members, it has failed today.”

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Handi Medical Supply carries ConvaTec Aquacel

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 09:03 AM  posted by jbuytaert

ConvaTec recently announced that we will be discontinuing Aquacel and Aquacel AG as you know it today (for chronic wound care) and replacing it with our ENHANCED versions called Aquacel EXTRA and Aquacel AG Extra. The great news is they are just better versions of the original – extra strong and extra absorbent.

Congressmen Joe Crowley and Jim Sensenbrenner
Join in Bipartisan Reintroduction
March 5, 2013‐ The Separate Benefit Category (SBC) Steering Committee is pleased to announce the bipartisan reintroduction of congressional legislation.   Congressman Joe Crowley (D‐NY) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R‐WI) have jointly sponsored House Bill H.R. 942 the “Ensuring Access To Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2013”.

H.R. 942 creates a separate benefit category for Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) within the Medicare program so that adequate access to these critical products and supporting services can be assured. The  legislation appropriately distinguishes these  specialized products and  makes other required changes to better address the unique needs of individuals with disabilities and medical conditions who require CRT products and related services. Read more

A new Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota-America will be crowned in March and we would love to see you there!

Don’t miss this truly inspiring event on the evening of Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Bloomington, MN. It is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota is a competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication, and presentation. The most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman will be chosen to spend a year representing Minnesotans with disabilities. The titleholder will also represent the state of Minnesota in the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant this July in Texas.

For more information, please e-mail us at: or contact us on Facebook under: “Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota-America.”