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Introducing H.R. 1516 “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act”

The bill language is the same as last year’s CRT legislation with one important addition. H.R. 1516 includes a new provision that will allow all CRT codes to be billable as a “purchase” rather than subject to “capped rental” treatment. This recognizes the individualized nature of CRT items and that they are supplied to meet permanent, not short-term, needs.

At the time of re-introduction Congressman Sensenbrenner stated: “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. Americans with disabilities 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.”

Congressman Crowley added his comments: “Complex rehabilitation technology products can make a world of difference for people with severe disabilities and other medical conditions, and our legislation will remove barriers to getting these wheelchairs and other services to those who need them to lead a more independent life. I look forward to advancing this legislation that recognizes the importance of maintaining access to these products, as well as puts in place much-needed quality standards and consumer protections that strengthen the Medicare program for individuals, clinicians and suppliers.”

We are expecting the re-introduction of the companion bill by Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in the near future.

Also, Muscular Dystrophy Association has officially pledged their support for the CRT legislation.

We hope you will reach out to your members of Congress seeking support of these bills.