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arizona wheelchair van rentals

A Word From One Of Our Many Happy Wheelers Customers

Arizona wheelchair van rentals

Wheelers didn’t become the leading wheelchair accessible van rental company in the country by chance. We got here, in large part, due to the degree to which we care about our customers. We wanted to illustrate this fact in this month’s newsletter by showing you the following testimonial by Keith, a recent customer from Arizona, who sent this to us after using our service.

Hi. I got an autoreply from your website about completing a reservation. I am writing a grant and was just working into the budget the cost of renting two of your accessible vans for guest speakers to a TEDx event I’m planning for October. These will pertain to the interdisciplinary nature of and work in Disability Studies. If my license is approved and the grant gets funded, I plan to rent two vans from your company. Several of the speakers have ambulatory challenges. Two use power chairs. I’m just writing to let you know. I was comparing the costs of picking up the vans at your Glendale location as opposed to having them delivered to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

This is a wonderful service whose time is long overdue–and provided at a reasonable cost. My wife’s personal experience with accessibility products has been such that she had come to believe most companies in this specialized market are out to gouge their customers for everything they can. Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals seems to be a happy exception to this rule. You guys were a nice find. Thanks for all that you do.

Thanks Keith! If you’d like to learn more about our Arizona wheelchair van rentals, give our headquarters a call at 800-456-1371.

Michigan wheelchair van rentals

COURAGE

Since 1989 Wheelers is still the best wheelchair and scooter van rental program in the country. Our goal has always been and will continue to be – making the U.S. a more accessible place for everyone. We understand that going on a long trip or long drive may be daunting for some of our customers.

Scheduling and organizing transportation. Safety and comfort on long trips. These things can be quite difficult, more than you might realize. That fear can build up and prevent some people from even trying to plan a trip.

Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals can help you eliminate the fear that your vehicle won’t be ready, or not there at all. We offer you the security and comfort that it’s all going to be taken care of with a simple reservation.

For some, traveling can be scary and it can take some courage to beat the fear of travel. Wheelers wants you to enjoy the outdoors in ways you may not have thought possible. We provide the accessible rental vehicle and you get to have the fun. You can go sightseeing, enjoy a museum, or just explore the great outdoors in comfort and style.

Those suffering from MS, ALS, and other afflictions have an amazing amount of courage dealing with the day to day struggles of routine activities. But, it also takes courage from friends, family, and caregivers who provide unconditional support. Those are the ones who don’t get enough credit or enough thank you’s for not only the hard work, but the emotional involvement they have with the person or persons they care for.

Everyone faces challenges. Don’t let your personal battle prevent you from joining family vacations or events. When you rent a Wheelers accessible van, you will have the confidence and courage to drive around the U.S capitol or explore the beautiful Michigan outdoors with many wheelchair accessible trails. You can safely and confidently drive through places like Bearizona where bears and wolves are just feet away while on your way to the Grand Canyon.

Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals will help you get to the exciting places of your dreams.

We’d like to show our support to everyone who has the courage to get up in the morning and seek the adventures our amazing world has to offer. If you have a physical disability and want to explore the vastly and fascinatingly diverse United States, we can help. You can find our wheelchair accessible van rentals throughout the United States. We’ve just recently added several new Michigan wheelchair van rentals locations. (Detroit and Grand Rapids, delivery and pickup from the International airports as well.)

To learn more about our services, give us a call at 800-456-1371. If you’d like to make a reservation for one of our vans, just fill in the short form on our homepage.

Also, please take the time to watch our latest video blog entry about courage.

2017

Changes Coming to Medicare in 2017

Medicare is used by hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Provided for severely disabled citizens and citizens over 65, Medicare helps to cover medication costs, hospital stays, surgeries, and other medical necessities.

In some ways, Medicare can be a bit difficult to understand — depending on national prices and regulations, the coverage and cost of Medicare fluctuates every year. This can be confusing or stressful for recipients that rely on dependable, low-cost insurance, especially for medically assistive technologies like wheelchairs and motorized scooters.

While 2017 isn’t bringing many large changes to Medicare, there are a few that may affect you. To understand the potential effects Medicare may have on you, continue below.

Part B – Medical Insurance

Not all Medicare recipients are covered under Part B. To utilize Part B’s benefits, Medicare members must continuously enroll by paying a monthly premium. In 2016, the average monthly premium was approximately $105 — however, numbers vary depending on when a person signed up for Medicare and whether or not they qualify for the “hold harmless” federal law that protects recipients from rising premiums.

In addition, all recipients of Medicare Part B must pay a deductible each year. Once this deductible is met, Part B coverage kicks in, leaving recipients with about 20% of Part B-covered bills, while the remaining 80% is covered by Medicare. As of 2016, this deductible was $166.

To understand how changes in Medicare will affect you and your mobility device, we must look at how Part B’s premiums and deductibles will be shifting in the upcoming year.

Part B Premiums

In 2017, Part B premiums will be rising slightly. Depending on the type of Medicare Part B you have, this change will be slightly different.

If you are part of the 70% of enrollees that fall under the “hold harmless” clause (which includes most regular Social Security recipients), your changes will be very slight. Monthly premiums for “hold harmless” recipients are raising by about $4/month, increasing most premiums to about $109/month. Luckily, this increase is even smaller than previous years.

For those who a) do not receive Social Security checks, b) have higher-than-average income, or c) are new to Medicare for 2017, premiums will be slightly higher. This 30% of enrollees that do not fall under the “hold harmless” clause pay premiums that are more greatly affected annually. As opposed to the $121.80/month most members paid in 2016, premiums in this category will rise approximately 10% to $134/month.

Part B Deductibles

2017 will also bring a slight rise to annual Part B deductibles. Unlike the changes to Plan B premiums, this rise is universal to all typical Part B recipients.

For those receiving Plan B normally through Medicare, deductibles are rising from $166 to $183 in 2017. This means that, at the start of each year, you are required to pay $183 in medical expenses under Part B (doctor’s visits, appointments, durable medical equipment, etc.) before Part B begins covering 80% of all further expenses. Luckily, because this deductible is annual, most Part B recipients will not see much change in their finances — after it is paid, Part B is awarded as usual, covering the normal expenses you require.

There are, however, a few exceptions to this increase. For those receiving Medicare and Medicaid simultaneously, their deductible is already covered by supplemental insurance, meaning no changes will come to their insurance process whatsoever. In addition, those enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans may be affected slightly differently. Because Medicare Advantage combines Part B with other supplemental coverages into one plan, members are affected slightly differently and can call their Medicare Advantage insurer to discuss specific deductible changes.

Other Changes Coming to Medicare

Aside from Part B, there are other smaller changes coming to Medicare’s other coverage plans in 2017. While these may not affect you, they may still be useful to know.

  • Medicare Part A (covers hospitalization costs): For those who pay premiums for Part A, there will be an increase of approximately $1-2/month. Deductibles are also increasing by $28 per hospital stay per benefit period (the first 60 days as an inpatient).
  • Medicare Part D (covers prescription drug plans): While premiums vary from person to person, and some people may qualify for the “Extra Help” plan, those receiving Medicare Part D are expected to pay an extra $3-4/month.
  • Medicare Therapy Gap: For those receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language therapy, Medicare coverage is increasing to allow patients to receive more insurance-covered therapy. Physical therapy (PT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) are rising to a combined therapy cap of $1,980, while the occupational therapy (OT) cap is also rising to $1,980.

This article was written by the Outreach Team at Disability Benefits Help. They provide information about disability benefits and the application process. To learn more, please visit their website at http://www.disabilitybenefitscenter.org or by contacting them at help@ssd-help.org.