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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: Submit Comments to Support Power Seat Elevation Coverage

On August 15, CMS announced the opening of a 30-day comment period relating to the request for Medicare coverage of power seat elevation systems used with complex power wheelchairs (you can view the CMS announcement here). This is good news and we have been anxiously awaiting this announcement. Now is the time for all CRT advocates to submit their comments supporting the request for coverage of power seat elevation systems during the public comment period which ends September 14. 

The immediate need is to have CRT advocates submit public comments in support of Medicare coverage of power seat elevation systems by the September 14 deadline. To help with that we have two requests:

1.)  Develop and send your own comments to CMS - To assist with this, the ITEM Coalition has created a dedicated website at The site provides access to educational information, suggested talking points, and the link to submit individual and organizational comments.

2.)  Share this update and request - Please share this information with other individuals and organizations asking them to submit their comments too.

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Issue 2: Ask Congress to Preserve CRT Telehealth Option

Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities are currently able to access critical, medically necessary care via telehealth due to COVID-19 pandemic flexibilities put in place by Congress and CMS.  The people benefiting from these services include those with diagnoses such as ALS, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and traumatic brain injury.  Unfortunately when the Public Health Emergency (PHE) ends, the ability for Medicare beneficiaries to access needed Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) services via telehealth will also end unless Congress acts

Options that allow CRT telehealth services must be made permanent so individuals with disabilities have continued remote access to CRT evaluations, fittings, and training when an in-person visit is not possible. Circumstances that would prevent an in-person visit could include medical risks and other factors described in a position paper that you can read here. Rather than allowing these options to expire and create access barriers, Congress must take legislative action to extend or make these CRT telehealth policies permanent so they continue beyond the expiration of the PHE.

The CRT community must take action to preserve access to CRT. Please click the button below to send a pre-written email to your Members of Congress sharing the need for ongoing telehealth options and asking for needed legislative support. 

Issue 3: Ask Congress to Support Home Modification Bill (HR 7676)

Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) have introduced H.R. 7676, the “Home Modification for Accessibility Act of 2022”, to provide tax incentives to homeowners to proactively update their houses for aging in place. This bill amends current Internal Revenue Code to promote the use of modifications to a person’s primary residence that improve the accessibility, security, or safety of the home. Being able to safely stay at home is a right all Americans should have.

The passage of this bill will support that right and bring much needed assistance and benefits to senior citizens and people with disabilities. It will not only improve a person’s quality of life and independence, it will also help reduce healthcare costs through decreasing home injuries, hospitalizations, and caregiver needs.

Please click the button below to send a pre-written email to your Members of Congress asking for needed legislative support.