Manual CRT Accessories Bill Introduced
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 12, 2017)—Representatives Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and John Larson (D-Conn) introduced legislation on Monday to exempt accessories for manual CRT wheelchairs from bidding-derived pricing with a strong, bipartisan roster of 42 original co-sponsors (23 Democrats, 19 Republicans). HR 3730 would complement earlier CMS action exempting accessories for group 3 power wheelchairs from bidding-derived pricing.
“The determined advocacy of Congressmen Zeldin and Larson for maintaining patient access to accessories for CRT wheelchairs has played a major role in raising the visibility of this issue and paved the way for the much-needed regulatory action on power CRT accessories in June,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare. “Individuals with profound disabilities who depend on CRT products owe them a debt of gratitude for their determined efforts on their behalf.”
“AAHomecare looks forward to working with mobility providers, patient groups and other stakeholders to build support for this legislation and ensure that the full range of CRT accessories remains available to patients and their caregivers,” Ryan added.