Complex rehab letter draws support from 41 representatives

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

WASHINGTON – Forty one members of the House of Representatives have signed a congressional letter urging CMS to permanently stop applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. 

Reps. John Larson, D-Conn., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., began circulating the letter in August. 

“Our sincere thanks goes to Reps. Larson and Zeldin for their continued leadership in protecting access to CRT for people with disabilities and to their 39 colleagues,” wrote Don Clayback, executive director of NCART. “We also thank all the organizations and individuals who reached out to their representatives asking them to add their signatures. If you representative has signed on, please thank them and give them a plug through social media.” 

Late in 2019, Congress passed a bill that included language suspending bid pricing for these accessories for 18 months starting Jan. 1, 2020. 

Stakeholders will follow up with CMS staff and congressional staff to continue the push for change.