Electric Wheelchair Junkyard
New electric wheelchairs can cost thousands of dollars and may not be covered by insurance. Pavone can usually refurbish a chair for around $250 to $500—which is the cost of two batteries.
"The irony is there's thousands of these chairs out there that once people are done with them, they don't know what to do with them," he says. "And you have all these people that need them and you just don't have any program to put the two together."
Senator Cathy Osten of the Connecticut State Senate has been coming to Pavone's giveaways the past few years to see how she can help on her end.
"There are a lot of people that need services that do not get covered by insurances," she says. "And so this is a way for me to find out what can we change that would give them the policy to allow insurances to cover services such as this."
The Vietnam vet continues, "Myself and my colleagues in the General Assembly this year are looking to expand health care and this will be one of those things that I'll be looking to add in."
System abuse must be prevented.