Please support H.R. 3730 to Preserve Access for Complex Rehab Patients
I am calling today to respectfully ask you to support H.R. 3730 which would protect individuals with disabilities that depend on manual complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) wheelchair accessories in order to have the highest quality of life possible. This legislation would exempt manual wheelchair accessories from the highly flawed competitive bidding program.
Individuals that benefit from these types of accessories have likely been diagnosed with a variety of significant disabilities such as ALS, a spinal cord or brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, among many others.
In June 2017, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the decision to exempt power wheelchairs, but did not include manual chairs. This legislation would fix the current gap in coverage that prevents individuals who use a CRT manual wheelchair from having the same access to accessories as an individual in a CRT power wheelchair. This violates the intent of past congressional legislation and will create significant access problems for Medicare beneficiaries and other individuals with disabilities. By applying the flawed reimbursement structure of the competitive bidding program, these reductions will diminish the accessibility of these products which maximize patient health outcomes and independence.
This legislation, which ensures patients have access to this care, is being led by Representatives Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), John Larson (D-Conn.). There were 41 original cosponsors to the bill and previous efforts have yielded strong, bipartisan support.
As your constituent, I ask that that you act quickly as this legislation must pass to prevent Medicare from implementing major reimbursement cuts to these vital accessories.
Thank you for your support.