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Congress Must Pass Two Important Bills: 

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 and advocates worked alongside Congress to introduce legislation that would provide protection. These Bills (H.R. 1516/S. 1013 and H.R. 3229/S. 2196) ended 2016 with strong bipartisan support and will be reintroduced in the next Congressional session as we continue to pursue permanent protection for CRT.  

H.R. 3229/S. 2196- Protect CRT Wheelchair Accessories

Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 3229) and the Senate (S. 2196) to protect access to Complex Rehab Wheelchair accessories by permanently preventing the inappropriate application of competitive bid pricing to accessories used with Complex Rehab Wheelchairs. These bills provide a legislative technical correction to clarify that CMS cannot apply Medicare competitive bid pricing to these accessories.  


H.R. 1516/S. 1013- A Separate Benefit is Needed 

The Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) community needs the support of people like you to ensure that individuals with complex medical needs and disabilities receive the best care and equipment. Legislation has been reintroduced in both the House and Senate to provide appropriate recognition and coverage of CRT by creating a Separate Benefit Category within the existing Medicare program. This separate category would result in CRT being classified in its own category separate from standard DME items such as commodes, hospital beds, and basic wheelchairs. This distinction would allow the creation of CRT-specific policies relating to coverage, coding, and supplier standards.  The intent is that once this distinction is established by Medicare, it would then be adopted by Medicaid and private insurance plans. The Bills are H.R.1516 and S.1013, the "Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2015". 

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