Schumer & Cochran Introduce CRT Senate Bill
- By Laurie Watanabe
- May 15, 2013
H.R. 942, the U.S. House of Representatives bill that aims to establish a separate Medicare benefit category for complex rehab technology (CRT), now has company in the other chamber.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) introduced a Senate companion bill, S. 948, on Tuesday, May. 14.
Like its House counterpart, S. 948 seeks to create a separate Medicare benefit category for CRT to improve beneficiary access to highly customized seating & mobility equipment. The bill also would address CRT provision standards and safeguards.
In an announcement to stakeholders, NCART Executive Director Don Clayback said of S. 948’s introduction, “We could not ask for two better Senators to take up our cause.”
Schumer is the chair of the Senate Rules Committee and sits on the Senate Finance Committee; Judiciary Committee; and Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee. Cochran is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee; Rules Committee; and Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee.
Both Cochran and Schumer are the senior senators for their states, and each has served in Congress for more than 30 years.
Clayback has said in the past that bipartisan support for the CRT separate benefit effort is important. H.R. 942 was introduced by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) in March.
In a Mobility Management interview last month, Clayback said about bipartisan support for CRT, “It really is not a partisan issue, so that is an advantage that we should be able to leverage, because it’s not something that either party should have an issue with in terms of getting people with disabilities the equipment they need. We’ve got a good mix of Republican and Democrat support on the House bill, and we want to achieve that same progress on the Senate side once we get the Senate bill dropped.”
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.