Bill Proposed To Create Redistribution Program For Medical Equipment In Contra Costa, Other Counties

January 14, 2022 8:00 am · 7 comments

Seniors and people with disabilities in Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties could get wheelchairs and other specialized medical equipment at no charge under a bill proposed this week in the state Legislature.

Senate Bill 842, authored by state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, would establish a redistribution program for three years in the three counties for equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, power scooters and shower chairs that are often too costly or unavailable to people who need them, and often get discarded by those who no longer have use for the items.

“This bill will redirect these essential items to people who need them most, ensuring everyone can live with greater independence and quality of life,” Dodd said in a statement.

Dodd’s office said the program is similar to others around the country, including in Massachusetts, and that the bill is sponsored by the California Senior Legislature, a volunteer panel that advocates for laws to help older people in the state.

“Recycling medical equipment and supplies is an important step in keeping these perfectly usable, sometimes new items out of our local landfills,” said Yvonne Baginski with the California Senior Legislature.

“Establishing a reliable network of free supplies that everyone can access at any time will not only help people in need but save money in the health care system overall.”

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wesley mouch January 14, 2022 at 8:23 AM

Such a network already exists. It’s called “Craig’s list”, or “Goodwill”, or “Salvation Army”. Some may have heard of “Hospice Thrift Shop”, or something like that. Have I made my point yet?

It does involve adult children helping their aging parents though.

Another government “solution” in search of a problem.


WC---Creeker January 14, 2022 at 8:31 AM

Where does the money come from to support the program? They never mention it.


Noj January 14, 2022 at 11:24 AM

” free supplies”

Answer: the money comes from your pocket.

Torcofuel January 14, 2022 at 10:04 AM

Stupid bill from another stupid politician..


Cellophane January 14, 2022 at 11:03 AM

The Government will always tell the people how great a job they do at anything.

In reality, the government fails at everything.

This is another government boondoggle that will cost taxpayers million$ if not billion$.

The administrators of this program will become incredibly wealthy.

The people will not be properly served.

Private non-profits could do a far better job and more equitably.


Exit 12A January 14, 2022 at 11:46 AM

Who will certify that the equipment is safe to reuse?


Antler January 14, 2022 at 12:53 PM

John Muir’s Outpatient Center on Rossmore Parkway will accept equipment donations. Take the item(s) to them and wait while one of their volunteer workers checks the item(s).
Some Medical Supply stores dispense donated items only (or might accept them for resale…. depending….); there used to be a place on Willow Pass Road.
Ask the Monument Family Crisis Center, too…. or churches to see whether they have elderly and/or needy shut-ins who need free items.


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