Government Relations and Regulatory Assistance

U.S. Rehab advocates for the CRT industry at all levels of government to help our members and their consumers have a voice in the legislative process.

U.S. Rehab advocates for the CRT industry at all levels of government to help our members and their consumers have a voice in the legislative process. We work with the VGM Government Relations team and NCART to provide tools to help industry stakeholders navigate the complexities of the legislative process and ensure they are involved and engaged with current issues, policies and regulations. Members also benefit from our team of reimbursement specialists and regulatory experts to keep you updated on new regulations and compliance issues for the DMEPOS industry, competitive bidding, HIPAA, accreditation and other areas. 

Click the buttons below to learn more about key issues affecting the CRT industry.

Seat Elevation InitiativeStanding Coverage for Power WheelchairsCarbon/Titanium Upgrade LegislationRight to Repair AdvocacyAirlines

Seat Elevation Initiative

Right to Repair

On May 16, 2023, CMS issued the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for the Seat Elevation System as a covered item. This means that Medicare beneficiaries can now access this valuable device to enhance their mobility and quality of life.

However, in early 2024, the CMS final rule regarding seat elevation was not the outcome we had hoped for, or expected.

In collaboration with NCART, U.S. Rehab is continuing our campaign for seat elevation systems, advocating for better reimbursement rates to enhance accessibility for those who need it most.

Standing Coverage for Power Wheelchairs

Right to Repair

Building on the momentum of our seat elevation framework, U.S. Rehab is now championing a similar approach to secure coverage for standing features in power wheelchairs, aiming to empower greater independence for users.

Carbon/Titanium Upgrade Legislation

Right to Repair

Together with NCART and AAHomecare, U.S. Rehab is pushing forward with the titanium and carbon upgrade legislation.

Currently, if a consumer wants a titanium or carbon fiber manual wheelchair, they must pay for the full cost of the wheelchair out of pocket, have their provider file a non-assigned claim on their behalf and, if approved, wait to receive 80% of the Medicare allowable.

Exciting developments are on the horizon, including upcoming fly-in efforts that promise to amplify our collective voice.

Right to Repair Advocacy

Right to Repair

At the state level, we remain proactive in addressing right to repair issues. These bills would allow for end users or anyone to repair their own equipment. While we understand that repairs are sometimes difficult to have completed due to reimbursement issues, we know that there is a huge risk when repairs are not properly completed by an authorized technician.

By aligning with providers, manufacturers, and consumer groups, we're working towards equitable solutions that respect the interests of all parties involved.


The CRT industry is facing a significant challenge with the frequent damage to wheelchairs and scooters during air travel. Recent data indicates that airlines are mishandling these essential mobility devices at an alarming rate.

The persistent issues suggest a need for improved handling procedures and accountability measures. The industry's response to this issue will be crucial in ensuring safe and respectful travel for all passengers, particularly those who depend on wheelchairs and scooters for their daily activities.