CRT Separate Benefit Bill Introduced in U.S. House

The complex rehab technology (CRT) industry has a new Medicare separate benefit category bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) introduced H.R. 750, the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2017, on Jan. 30.

In an announcement about the new bill, NCART Executive Director Don Clayback expressed gratitude to Crowley and Sensenbrenner “for their continued leadership in protecting access for people with disabilities.”

Clayback added that the former bill, which expired at the end of last year, had “strong bipartisan support with 173 Representatives and 20 Senators signed on.”

In introducing the bill, Crowley said in a news announcement, “This legislation would guarantee that patients have access to the high-quality products and services they need to lead a more independent life. For those with disabilities and other medical conditions, these complex rehabilitation technology products are necessities. The quality standard and consumer protections included in this bill will also make the Medicare program stronger for all individuals seeking care.”

In his announcement, Sensenbrenner said, “As a leader in the fight for the rights of the disabled, I want to ensure all Americans have access to the tools needed to live each day to the fullest. Disabled Americans should not be denied rehabilitation or medical equipment that can enable them to live and work freely and independently. With increased flexibility and proper oversight, we can help those in need while inhibiting fraud and abuse.”

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Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at lwatanabe@1105media.com.

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