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CRT Congressional Letter Extends Deadline To Sep. 18. Please Reach Out To Your Member Of Congress Today!

The deadline for signatures on the congressional letter to CMS asking to permanently exclude CRT manual accessories from the competitive bidding program has been extended to Sept. 18.

The letter, spearheaded by Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), urges CMS to use administrative authority to permanently exclude CRT manual accessories from Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) pricing. This request would require CMS to use the same payment policies for accessories on manual chairs as it does for power chairs. Click here to view the letter.

There are currently sixteen other supporters signed on to this letter. We need so many more! 
  1. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
  2. Dan Meuser (R-PA)
  3. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
  4. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA)
  5. Bill Posey (R-FL)
  6. Steve King (R-IA)
  7. Mike Bost (R-IL)
  8. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
  9. Tom Cole (R-OK)
  10. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA)
  11. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
  12. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
  13. David E. Price (D-NC)
  14. Brian Higgins (D-NY)
  15. Tom Reed (R-NY)
  16. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)

Please reach out to your members of Congress and ask that they show their support by adding their name to the letter. You can easily reach out to your member of Congress by clicking here.

The deadline to sign this letter is Sept. 18, but act now! Please encourage your co-workers and friends to reach out as well. 

As you may recall, CMS already exempted CRT power accessories in 2017, and Congress provided an 18-month statutory delay of the application of CBP pricing for CRT manual accessories last December, which is set to expire July 1, 2021. We need Congress to weigh in with CMS to make the exemption permanent to provide equal access to both CRT manual and power wheelchairs and accessories for Medicare beneficiaries.

This would establish a consistent policy across the fee schedule for all wheelchair accessories and back and seat cushions used in conjunction with complex rehabilitative wheelchairs so that they are based on the unadjusted fee schedule amounts updated by the covered item update specified in section 1834(a)(14) of the Act. This will ensure Medicare beneficiaries with significant disabilities who require complex manual wheelchairs have the same access as those who use complex power wheelchairs.

Your swift actions are greatly appreciated.

 

 

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