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BRAND-NEW STANDARD WHEELCHAIRS DONATED BY HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS TO THOSE IN PENNSYLVANIA WHO ARE POORLY INSURED OR UNINSURED

 BRAND-NEW STANDARD WHEELCHAIRS DONATED BY HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS TO THOSE IN PENNSYLVANIA WHO ARE POORLY INSURED OR UNINSURED
 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Rep. George Gekas (R-Pa.) and state Sen. John Shumaker were the featured speakers at the Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers (PAMS) Wheelchair Program ceremony this morning.
 The ceremony was held at the Capitol Building Rotunda in Harrisburg. Home medical equipment suppliers from across the state attended.
 PAMS is comprised of nearly 250 home medical equipment companies. Its members provide safe, cost-efficient, needed, quality home medical equipment and service. By working so intimately with people needing health care, the suppliers uncovered a very disturbing problem that called for action.
 "Our members have met too many of their neighbors who are poorly or uninsured," said PAMS President Bruce Young. "Each day the suppliers help people without the means to acquire the health care they need. Inadequate health care coverage erects a barrier between individuals and basic medical care."
 "Health care providers have a responsibility to work on behalf of the people they serve," stated PAMS Executive Director Julie Prete. "So PAMS created the Wheelchair Program."
 PAMS identified individuals across the state who need a basic wheelchair but do not have the coverage or funds to obtain it. The suppliers are donating a brand new Invacare standard wheelchair to each of the program recipients.
 Gekas stressed that private enterprise, health care professionals and the government working together could bring about national health care reform. Shumaker praised PAMS for recognizing the problem and taking action.
 Young reminded health care professionals, lawmakers and community leaders to work hard to ensure access to needed quality health care for everyone.
 For more information on PAMS, the Wheelchair Program or the ceremony, contact Prete at 717-657-8003.
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 /CONTACT: Julie Prete, executive director of PAMS, 717-657-8003/ CO: Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers ST: Pennsylvania IN: HEA SU:


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