Advocacy Update:

Support Durable Medical Equipment Reuse in Mass

Funding for the REquipment pilot ends June 31, 2014. Ongoing funding for the program and to expand statewide will be needed to continue the program starting July 1. A small but dedicated group of advocates, users and family members of DME users, have begun meeting with senior EOHHS/MassHealth staff as well as key legislators to inform them of the need for the program. A few independent living centers have recently shared a REquipment fact sheet with their legislators at their annual legislative forums/breakfasts.  Our plan is to get an amendment to the FY 15 budget through the House or Senate. We want to start with the House. Their amendments will be due in March.

How You Can Help

If we want funding, we need consistent advocacy statewide. This is where you can help because without your active involvement this program will not get the funding to sustain it.

  • Would you like to participate in visits either locally or at the State House with legislators to share your stories of the need for a DME reuse program?
  • Do you have a relationship with or are willing to meet with your own Representative or Senator to inform them of the need for the program? Let us know if you have a strong relationship with a Representative or Senator on a key committee such as:

                       Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
                       Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities
                       Joint Committee on Elder Affairs
                        Joint Committee on Ways & Means

  • Share your story if you have been without your DME and the impact it had on your life.


Here’s a recent example of how our REquipment program has already made a difference in one person’s life:
The REquipment program was contacted by a friend of an elderly woman who was anxious to be discharged from a rehabilitation center in the Boston area. The woman, who lived alone and used a rented manual wheelchair funded by Medicare, had entered the facility after she had been found unconscious on the floor of her apartment. Since Medicare only provides equipment for in-home use she was informed the rented chair was going to be repossessed and that she was responsible for the cost while she had been in the facility. When the woman was ready to be discharged, a new rental chair could not be provided right away. The REquipment program provided an appropriate, refurbished wheelchair so she could be discharged from the facility and be independent and safe in her apartment.
 “My friend Susan (not her real name) was overwhelmed and demoralized…then I found your program. You found Susan a wheelchair in her particular size in time for her discharge so that she could get around her apartment… I can’t tell you how grateful we are…this was the best Christmas present Susan and her family could have possible received.”
For more information about REquipment, please contact:
Randi Sargent at
                                     Joe Bellil at
                                                 Paul Spooner at