The Arc of Illinois Helps Secure Passage of Bill Increasing Access to Durable Medical Equipment

The Arc of Illinois supported and Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 420 on August 26.  This bill allows the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to exempt certain wheelchair parts from the prior approval process and to set reimbursement rates of wheelchairs, wheelchair parts and accessories, and relating seating and positioning items at levels that ensure the availability of these devices.  Additionally, it requires durable medical equipment providers to be accredited within 15 months of passage of the legislation.