As most of you undoubtedly know, for children with disabilities exercise such as cycling with a special needs tricycle can be therapeutic as well as fun. Cycling may provide a variety of health benefits unavailable through other medical interventions. For example, children with severe mobility limitations may have few, if any, other options for strengthening their cardiovascular system. In fact, cycling may be the best option for improving stamina, range of motion and coordination, and for strengthening muscles. But how often have we heard that trikes are not covered by Medicaid?
One New York-based organization heard that too many times, and now they’ve done something about it. Neighborhood Legal Services, a fabulous advocacy group in Buffalo, has put together a great primer on how to get coverage for an adaptive trike, and we’re pleased to be able to pass it on to you. Even though it’s written from a New York perspective, the basic principles should apply in every state.
For additional funding options, many of which are specifically for adaptive trikes, check our expanded funding resources listing.
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