Senate approves Daley legislation to help improve quality of life for the disabled

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation sponsored by state Sen. Kevin Daley that would help disabled individuals get the products and services they need.

“This legislation will help individuals who need specifically configured medical equipment meet their needs and get the items they need to go about their daily lives,” said Daley, R-Lum. “For those with severe physical disabilities, access to high quality specialized equipment is so important for improving their quality of life and minimizing health care costs.”

Senate Bill 855 would require the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to establish policies and rules for complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) products and services. The legislation would create a separate recognition for CRT within the Medicaid program to improve access to these critical products and related services for children and adults with significant disabilities.

The bill includes equipment such as complex rehabilitation manual and power wheelchairs and options or accessories, and other specialized equipment.

“Specialized medical technology can quickly become an expensive endeavor, which only further limits access to this much-needed equipment,” Daley said. “This legislation creates safeguards, provides assistance, and improves access for those who need medical equipment configured to meet their individual needs.”

SB 855 will now head to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.