About

ITEM Coalition members include a diverse set of national disability organizations, aging organizations, consumer groups, voluntary health associations, and non-profit provider associations.

The mission of the ITEM Coalition is to raise awareness about the importance of assistive devices, technologies, and related services in enhancing the function, independence, health status, and quality of life of people with disabilities and chronic conditions of all ages; and the barriers to access necessary devices and technologies under Medicare and Medicaid as well as other federal health programs and private plans; and build support for broad-based legislative and regulatory changes to address the problems of inadequate access to assistive devices, technologies and related services.

The work of the ITEM Coalition follows five defining principles:

(1) Medicare, Medicaid, and other public programs and private plans must enhance their coverage policies to provide those assistive devices, technologies, and related services that Americans need to be healthy, functional, and independent;

(2) the ITEM Coalition will raise awareness and advocate solely for greater access to and coverage of assistive devices, technologies, and related services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions of all ages, including children and older Americans;

(3) consumers will lead the Coalition and advocacy efforts will rely on the use of personal stories to highlight the importance of access to assistive devices, technologies, and related services in people’s lives;

(4) the Coalition will promote a broad-based assistive device benefit that helps as many users of assistive devices, technologies, and related services as possible; and

(5) membership in the ITEM Coalition will be open to all consumer and non-profit provider organizations without any requirement to contribute financially.