CRT Legislation Crossing the Finish Line; Passes Senate Today
on December 19, 2019
Today the Senate passed omnibus bill H.R.1865, which included complex rehab technology legislation (language from H.R.2293-Protecting Access to Wheelchairs Act). This passage will permanently exclude manual complex rehabilitative technology (CRT) wheelchairs from the Competitive Bidding Program and will stop Medicare from applying competitive bidding rates to manual CRT wheelchair accessories for 18 months.
President of U.S. Rehab Greg Packer said, “This is a proud day for industry leaders that have been working to pass this crucial legislation for the past few years. Conversations with key congressional leaders lately have propelled this bill to the finish line. We are pleased with the results and will continue to serve those who serve the beneficiaries of these products. Thanks and congratulations to all who will benefit from this.”
Tom Powers of the VGM Government Relations team added, “It has been a great industry effort to bring conclusion to the needs of patients and providers of CRT products. Due to efforts by industry leaders such as NCART, ITEM Coalition and United Spinal, patients will continue to receive the services they need to remain comfortable. Congratulations!”
The bill will head to the President’s desk for the official signing prior to the Christmas break.
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