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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.

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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.