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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. 

Legislation for CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories

Unfortunately the Senate ended its 2018 session without taking any action on H.R. 7217 (the "Improve Act") which included important provisions to protect access to Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) manual wheelchairs.  We will be building on the progress that was made and determining the best actions to take in 2019. Updates will be posted to this site as they become available. 

A Separate Benefit is Needed 

In light of all the changes that the Complex Rehab Technology has faced in recent years, legislation is being drafted in the House of Representatives to provide permanent, appropriate recognition and coverage of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT).  The legislation will create 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. Updates will be posted to this site as they become available and you can 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: