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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 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. 

Protect CRT Wheelchair Accessories

In 2016, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate to permanently prevent 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.  This legislation will be reintroduced in the new Congressional session and we will have more details for you in coming weeks.  Sign up for updates to make sure you have the latest news!


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. 

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