MAMES Home Mods Committee Goes National
HMAC aims to create a unified advocacy and educational platform for home access modification businesses.
- By David Kopf
- Nov 02, 2017
The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) has expanded its home modification accessibility committee (HMAC) to include companies throughout the nation.
Now companies that provide home modification solutions can join the MAMES committee to share concerns impacting their business. The move to take the membership national is aimed at developing a consistent advocacy platform when it comes issues impacting home access businesses.
“This is a great opportunity for our state associations to work together and develop a louder voice for businesses in HMA,” said Rose Schafhauser, executive director of MAMES. “By joining our HMAC, their members will benefit from networking with other HMAs that are not necessarily competition in their market. It also helps on the legislative front when states try to impose laws that restrict HMAs. We can provide tools and possibly resources to help in fighting or educating legislators on the importance of protecting the solutions our industry provides so people can live independently.”
The HMAC aims to provide educational, credentialing and advocacy to the home access modification market. Additionally, a key agenda item is to keep pushing H.R. 1780, The Senior Housing Act, through the legislative process.
“It’s been nearly a year since H.R. 1780 was introduced into Congress and with a unified voice, through HMAC, our industry can lead the way in getting this monumental bill passed,” said Jim Greatorex, vice president of VGM Live at Home and chair of MAMES HMAC. “In the meantime, we will become more active on the state level.
“We are hearing from people all over the country that are having state licensing issues,” he added. “HMAC will help us connect with our members so we can help address these challenges to change laws or provide other solutions so legitimate companies have the ability to provide their services to help people live independently.”
Membership to join MAMES’ Home Modification Accessibility Committee is open to all HMAs and is free for members of state associations. MAMES also offers an allied membership that allows those not belonging to a state/regional association to join for $300 a year.
Those seeking more information about HMAC can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (651) 351-5395.
David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.