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Congress Must Act to Protect Access:

People with significant disabilities depend on specialized wheelchairs, seating systems, and other adaptive equipment to maximize their independence and address their medical needs. These items are collectively referred to as Complex Rehab Technology (CRT).  In recent years, access to these individually-configured products and the supporting services has been threatened by various reimbursement cuts and policy changes. Advocates continue to diligently work alongside Congress to introduce legislation that would provide permanent protection for CRT moving forward. Details on this legislation and how you can help are provided below. 

Payment Cuts to CRT Power Wheelchair Accessories Stopped

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will NOT be applying Medicare Competitive Bid Program information to reduce payment rates for CRT Group 3 power wheelchair accessories. This averts significant cuts that were scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2017.  We will build on this victory and pursue relief from cuts to CRT manual accessories as we continue to work with Congress and CMS to protect access.

A copy of the CMS announcement can be found here


A Separate Benefit is Needed 

In light of all the changes that the Complex Rehab Technology has faced in recent years, legislation has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 750) to provide permanent, appropriate recognition and coverage of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT).  The legislation creates a Separate Benefit Category within the existing Medicare program to allow CRT to be distinguished from standard DME items such as commodes, hospital beds, and basic wheelchairs. A Senate Companion Bill will also be reintroduced in coming weeks and additional details will be posted to this site. Email your Members of Congress to ask for their support and sign up for updates to keep track of our progress!

The Complex Rehab Technology Separate Benefit Category initiative is being led by the following Steering Committee Organizations: