I am writing this for information purposes only and from my own personal experiences.
I never searched for my DME(Durable Medical Equipment)provider, my insurance company was the one that found the provider and was given basically an ultimatum. I later found out that this is completely wrong and you have every right to turn down an unsuitable power chair.
The reason certain providers will only offer you a certain chair is basically one reason, well several, GREED and PROFIT.
You, yourself have to research every power chair, manual chair so you can give the DME a good run for your money.
I had to learn to be my own advocate, and believe me, you get tired of fighting.
My final fight came to an end May 8, 2006 when I was able to contact one of my husband's insurance providers of DME. None of the providers would even consider the power chair I needed. NOTE the key word NEEDED. You cannot say want or anything that would not suit your needs, so you must say need.
You have to do a lot of phone calling and put everything in alphabetical order.
You need a letter of medical necessity, you need a prescription that states the type of power chair, seating system, power tilt, manual recline that is standard, power elevating leg rests, regular seating versus customized seating. Electronics, programmer.
A person cannot be afraid to to research.
The Frontier X5 by Innovation in Motion is the power chair I use.