Health Care – Legislation Introduced to Protect Access to Complex Rehabilitative Technology

Legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to prevent Medicare from changing the way it pays for some complex rehabilitative technology (CRT).  CRT includes individually configured, manual and power wheelchair systems, adaptive seating systems, alternative positioning systems, and other mobility devices that require evaluation, fitting, design, adjustment, and programming.  The House bill (H.R. 3229) was introduced by Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and the Senate bill (S. 2196) by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) with Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) as original co-sponsors.  In January 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to apply competitive bidding to CRT accessories which will likely create access problems for people with disabilities.  For more information and to take action to support the legislation, take action now!

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