Seeking to cut Medicare costs and save patients money, the federal government is requiring seniors and disabled people who need wheelchairs, medical oxygen and other medical equipment to buy it from an approved contractor.
The competitive bid program, launched two years ago in nine parts of the country, expands to 91 metropolitan areas July 1, including Austin and five others in Texas — Beaumont, El Paso, Houston, McAllen and San Antonio.
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Statesman staff writer Ricardo Gándara contributed to this story.