Seat Elevation Congressional Sign-On Letter Sent to CMS

Published in Complex Rehab on October 18, 2021

Early October, we asked for your assistance to call your representatives to ask them to sign on to the CRT Congressional letter to CMS. The letter was sent to CMS with 77 signatures on October 6, 2021. Thank you to everyone who helped gather support for this letter!

As you may recall, a formal request was submitted to CMS in September 2020 to establish Medicare coverage for Power Seat Elevation and Standing Systems, and their review was officially “deemed complete” in November 2020. Unfortunately, their review has not progressed. This letter was a request that CMS proceed to the next step in the review process for establishing Medicare coverage.

Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Don Young (R-AK) led the letter, which was delivered to CMS with strong bipartisan support, including 49 Democrats and 28 Republicans. The signers include 14 members of the House Committees that oversee the Medicare program. Click here to view the final list. If your representative signed on, please be sure to thank them as we want to keep them engaged as we move forward in this process.

We are also happy to report that the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation was also asking their stakeholders to reach out to their members of Congress to sign on to the letter. As a prominent CRT stakeholder, their support helps bring additional recognition to the seat elevation issue.

We will continue to work with NCART, the ITEM Coalition, and CRT stakeholders to establish Medicare coverage.

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