Earlier this year, disability advocates scored a victory when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would NOT be applying Medicare Competitive Bid program information to reduce payment rates for Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) products and supporting services for power wheelchairs. This decision averted significant cuts and staved off drastic reductions in access to specialized equipment.
However, we also noted that there was no change in payment rates for accessories used with CRT manual wheelchairs. On September 11, H.R. 3730 was introduced; this legislation would stop CMS from using Competitive Bid pricing for accessories used with CRT manual wheelchairs. Forty-three members of Congress have already signed on to this bill, and we need your help to generate more cosponsors and ultimately pass this important legislation.
Power and manual CRT wheelchairs and CRT accessories or components are essential for a small segment of wheelchair users with significant disabilities such as spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis. For these wheelchair users, a wheelchair is not complete, usable, or safe without the appropriate complex rehab technology components included.
Clearly, people with disabilities who use a CRT manual wheelchair should have the same access to critical wheelchair components as those who use a CRT power wheelchair. Please enter your information on the right to get started and send a message to your legislator and urge them to sign onto legislation to correct this problem. The process will take less than two minutes, but could make a big difference. Together, we achieve more.