Convaid | R82 ask you to join us in support of National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) and Representatives Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and John Larson (D-CT) who will be introducing legislation in September to stop CMS’ application of Medicare Competitive Bid pricing to accessories used with CRT manual wheelchairs.

This will replace the previously introduced broader bill, H.R. 1361, written to prohibit CMS from using Competitive Bid pricing for accessories used with either CRT power or CRT manual wheelchairs.

The CRT power wheelchair accessories issue was resolved in late June when CMS announced a policy clarification stating it would not use Competitive Bid pricing for accessories used with Group 3 CRT power wheelchairs. We again thank CMS and Congress for that needed action. Unfortunately, the clarification did not extend to accessories used with CRT manual wheelchairs so this follow up legislation is required.  Watch interview with NCART Executive Director, Don Clayback.

Passage of this new bill is needed to fix the current disparity that prevents people who use a CRT manual wheelchair from having the same access to CRT accessories as those using a CRT power wheelchair.

The legislative language can be viewed here.

You can help support passage of this legislation by contacting your local representatives to join Representatives Zeldin and Larson are committed to using the August recess to seek additional House members to join in the September introduction.

You can see the list of members who have already agreed to be an original cosponsor here

If your Representative is not on the list, please reach out and ask him/her to sign on to the bill now by contacting either office.

To make your request using Issue Paper click here:  http://cirrus.mail-list.com/nrrts/75786887.html

We appreciate your support. As we get news from  NCART we will keep you posted.

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