April 10, 2013 has been designated National Call-in Day for Complex Rehab Technology (CRT). It’s a chance for concerned citizens to help ensure access for people with disabilities to the CRT they require by asking elected officials to support key legislation. CRT includes specialized manual and power wheelchairs, seating and positioning devices, and other adaptive equipment
To participate in this advocacy initiative, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask for your Senators' and Representative's office. If you don't know your Senators' or Representative's names, you can go to http://capwiz.com/medgroup/state/main/ and enter your zip code to find them.
Request that they:
Ask their members of Congress to support Bill H.R. 942 to establish a separate benefit category for CRT under Medicare
Sign on as a co-sponsor of Bill H.R. 942 to create a separate benefit category for CRT under Medicare
Introduce and support a companion Bill in the Senate (for Senators)
For additional information about CRT and the separate benefit category initiative go to www.access2crt.org.
Congressmen Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) have introduced H.R. 942, the "Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2013" to create a separate benefit category for CRT to protect and improve access to these important products and services for people with significant functional and physical limitations. Other needed changes include the elimination of Medicare's “In the Home” restriction for CRT products. The objective is to improve access for people with disabilities of all ages, whether covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance.