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Being an advocate for Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) can be as simple as sending an email to your Legislators making them aware of the challenges to appropriate access for people with disabilities and asking them for their support.  The more voices delivering our CRT message the better!

Without your help, Congress will not fully understand how CRT maximizes independence and protects the health of the individuals who depend on it. Review the current CRT issues below and use the links provided to contact your Members of Congress today to protect access!

Issue 1: Congressional Sign-On Letter to CMS for Seat Elevation and Standing Systems
NCART has been working with the ITEM Coalition to secure Medicare coverage for Seat Elevation and Standing Systems used with Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) power wheelchairs.  A formal request was submitted to CMS in September 2020 to establish Medicare coverage and this request was officially “deemed complete” in November 2020. Unfortunately, the CMS review of the coverage request has not formally progressed since that time and it needs to be moved forward.

To encourage CMS to move ahead, a Congressional sign-on letter was circulated in the House of Representative by Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Don Young (R-AK). You can read the letter here and view the final list of signers here.  A Senate sign-on letter to CMS is also expected shortly and we'll provide those details as soon as they are available.  

Issue 2: Ask Congress to Make PT and OT Permanent Telehealth Practitioners
Physical Therapists (PTs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs), people with disabilities, and others have reported that telehealth options for the provision of CRT have brought many benefits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that PTs and OTs retain the ability to provide telehealth services after the Public Health Emergency to care for their clients with complex medical conditions who may not be able to get to a clinic or be seen in-person for CRT evaluations and follow up. H.R. 2168 was introduced in the House of Representatives and would permanently designate PT and OT as authorized telehealth practitioners.