The hottest new option on the personal mobility front just got a lot hotter with the announcement that the FDA has cleared the new WHILL Model M as a medical device. This opens the door for doctors to prescribe the WHILL and for insurers like Medicare to cover it.
The futuristic Model A has been turning heads for a little over a year now, with its omnidirectional front wheels and Star Trek-ish design. But with no arm rests and limited customization, the Model A was never intended as a medical device. The Model M adds “arm supports, pressure relief handles, and different back support options” according to the company press release.
“FDA clearance of Model M represents a major milestone for our team and our customers in the US healthcare system,” says WHILL’s co-founder and CEO, Satoshi Sugie, in the release. “We look forward to working with physicians in the United States by providing them with new modern wheelchair option for their patients.”