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Rep. Jimmy Anderson, D-Fitchburg, is sponsoring legislation that would make it easier for people who want wheelchair elevation and standing equipment to get insurance coverage.(Photo: Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Wheelchair technology would be made more accessible and affordable under a new bill that would make the devices easier to cover under health insurance. 

The bill would classify wheelchair technology that allows its user to be elevated into a standing position as rehabilitative technology, which would ensure that health insurance companies covering the technology use rates in line with Medicare, thereby regulating the price of the devices.

Democratic Rep. Jimmy Anderson of Fitchburg, who is sponsoring the legislation, said the bill would make it easier for people who want wheelchair elevation and standing equipment to get them.

“What we want to do is make it easier for people to get access to these unique devices — to help with therapy and to help with rehabilitation — and for them to be able to live their lives to the fullest," said Anderson, who was paralyzed from the waist down after a drunken driver caused a car crash in 2010 that also claimed the lives of Anderson's family members.