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Courage: America’s Lifeblood

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘courage’ as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” When the folks of Wheelers Wheelchair Accessible Van Rentals think of courage, we think of this great nation. We think of the explorers who had the fearlessness to discover new lands and build a better world. It was this desire to set foot on unknown, uncharted lands, pushing the boundaries of mankind to its limits, all the while leaving behind the comfort and familiarity of home, that drove these men to achieve things that today seem almost unimaginable.

America Was Founded By Courageous Men and Women

They could have stayed back and lived out their days following the safe, everyday routine that everyone else was living. We always have the option to just stay home, as the world keeps turning. But whenever that desire bubbles up to just give up, we have these brave men to look up to. They’ve set an example of pure, unadulterated courage in the face of the most dire of circumstances. These early settlers didn’t stay home. Instead, they chose to challenge themselves. And in turn, they challenged the limits of mankind as we know it.

We Support The Troops

Courage is the lifeblood on which our Founding Fathers built what is now the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America. It is a principle on which American society has raised us. Courage is what drives the men and women who face tremendous adversity every day both here, at home, as well as those defending our country abroad, to get up in the morning and continue making a difference in the world. That’s why we take our hats off in support of our military leaders. We salute those who persevere after having seen atrocities that most of us will only see in our nightmares.

Courage Is The Will To Push Yourself

Courage manifests itself in more ways than one. It means leaving your comfort zone. Perhaps nowhere does this apply more than to those battling Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and other physical afflictions, who have the courage to go out and make a difference just like our founding fathers who built this great nation and the troops of today who now defend it. We give our support to anyone who has the courage to get up in the morning and face the challenges that life offers.

We give our thanks and support to all the caregivers of the world who put their loved one’s needs first. And, to the people who care and treat the elderly or other physically challenged person. You have a huge job and your efforts do not go unnoticed. Your patience, compassion and skills are a valued element and all of us know, you don’t get thanked enough for all you do. So Thank You!

Wheelers wants to help you care for your loved ones and for the people you care for by offering our services to you. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 800-456-1371. Or you can get a quote and make a reservation right online at our website

For additional information and for your entertainment, please take a few moments to watch our latest video blog entry about courage.


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 or by contacting them at


What’s is Wheelers?

Wheelers has been one thing and one thing for almost 25 years.  The answer is: Wheelers is the answer to the disabled traveler’s need for accessible wheelchair and scooter accessible transportation.  In 1989, Wheelers was the first and only company in the country to offer this service and was the first company to expand into other states.  These past 25 years have been the most exceptional years for the disabled person. We had always been told that we were “a head of our time” when we started Wheelers. The Americans with Disabilities Act had not even been thought of at that point.

Our business at that time was a non-emergency ambulance company that provided wheelchair and stretcher transports for patients from one location to another.  It was one of our customers that had asked if they could rent our wheelchair transport van, without the driver, so they could drive their family member on their own. I thought, “now that’s a great idea”. So, the concept of Wheelers started because a customer had a need and voiced it.  Much like how the ADA regulations got written. People voiced their needs and it was heard by people that had the power and passion to make it happen.

Wheelers is still full of passion today. We listen to you, our customers.  We listen to what our customers would like to have or happen and what they need.  What works for them and what they’d like to see changed.  What locations you’d like to have Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals in and at what airport locations you request service.  It’s not perfect yet, but we’re working on it. We started off with 2 vans in Glendale, Arizona in 1989 and today we have over 120 locations across the country and over 500 vehicles in our rental system.

We look forward to tomorrow and look forward with anticipation of what else Wheelers can do to breakdown travel barriers for our friends on wheels.

It’s our honor to be apart of such a great community.