NCART announced late Friday that HR 2293, the "Protecting Access to Complex Rehab Manual Wheelchairs Act", was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier that afternoon. Once again, CRT champions Representatives John Larson (D-CT) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) have taken the lead in re-introducing this critical legislation.
This bill will permanently exempt Complex Rehab Manual Wheelchairs from the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program and will also stop Medicare from applying Competitive Bidding payment rates to critical components (accessories) of Complex Rehab Manual Wheelchairs for 18 months. This suspension will allow time to develop a permanent policy change.
Don Clayback, NCART executive director, shared in Friday’s announcement that Representatives Larson and Zeldin were joined in this bipartisan introduction by 21 additional Members (view list here). Not only was the introduction bipartisan, but it included 7 Members from the important Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees.
Watch for updated advocacy materials on NCART's website and join CRT stakeholders in gaining cosponsors on this important legislation! We encourage OAMES members to join in the grassroots call for support on the bill and we’ll share information as it becomes available.
If you’re a part of the CRT community, please join your colleagues at the 2019 National CRT Leadership & Advocacy Conference this spring! The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) and the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS) are partnering on this event which will be held May 1-2 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. Make a difference and join others invested in the future of CRT!