ALERT— Help People With Disabilities Get The Assistive Equipment They Need

ALERT—  Help People With Disabilities Get The Assistive Equipment They Need

 

The “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2013” (H.R. 942) has been reintroduced in Congress to ensure individuals with disabilities have adequate access to critical assistive devices within the Medicare program.

 

Individuals with disabilities need access to Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) to address their medical needs, maximize their functional abilities, and fully participate in their communities.  CRT refers to medically-necessary individually-configured manual and power wheelchair systems, specialized seating and positioning systems, and other adaptive equipment  that require evaluation, fitting, design, adjustment and programming.  These products are designed to meet the specific and unique needs of people with disabilities and medical conditions such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and spina bifida.  

 

People with significant disabilities require these specialized items.  However, because CRT is currently included within the very broad Durable Medical Equipment category under Medicare, these individuals face a series of challenges trying to access the necessary technologies and services.  The access problems extend to Medicaid programs and private insurers.

 

H.R. 942 will ensure access to appropriate products based on people’s functional needs, rather than just a diagnosis; incorporate consideration of the needs of people with disabilities both inside and outside of their home so they can work and participate in community life; and require that CRT suppliers have qualified personnel and the necessary capabilities to provide and repair these specialized devices.

 

In the interests of quality healthcare and maximizing the function and independence of individuals with disabilities, Congress must pass H.R. 942.  For more information visit www.access2crt.org.

 

 

HOUSE—

 

As my Representative I’m asking you to please sign on to H.R. 942, the “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2013”, to create a separate benefit category for Complex Rehab Technology within the Medicare program.  This will allow for proper recognition and needed changes to protect access for people with disabilities.

 

Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) refers to specialized manual and power wheelchair systems, seating and positioning systems, and other adaptive equipment.  These products are designed to meet the unique needs of people with medical conditions such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and spina bifida.  

 

People with significant disabilities require these specialized items.  However, because CRT is currently included within the very broad Durable Medical Equipment category under Medicare, these individuals face a series of challenges trying to access the necessary technologies and services.  The access problems extend to Medicaid programs and to private insurers.

 

H.R. 942 will ensure access to appropriate products based on people’s functional needs, rather than just a diagnosis; incorporate consideration of the needs of people with disabilities both inside and outside of their home so they can work and participate in community life; and require that CRT suppliers have qualified personnel and the necessary capabilities to provide and repair these specialized devices.

 

Thank you in advance for signing on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 942.

 

 

SENATE—

 

As my Senator I’m asking you to introduce a companion bill in the Senate for H.R. 942, the “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2013”,  to create a separate benefit category for Complex Rehab Technology within the Medicare program.  This will allow for proper recognition and needed changes to protect access for people with disabilities.

 

Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) refers to specialized manual and power wheelchair systems, seating and positioning systems, and other adaptive equipment.  These products are designed to meet the unique needs of people with medical conditions such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and spina bifida.  

 

People with significant disabilities require these specialized items.  However, because CRT is currently included within the very broad Durable Medical Equipment category under Medicare, these individuals face a series of challenges trying to access the necessary technologies and services.  The access problems extend to Medicaid programs and to private insurers.

 

H.R. 942 will ensure access to appropriate products based on people’s functional needs, rather than just a diagnosis; incorporate consideration of the needs of people with disabilities both inside and outside of their home so they can work and participate in community life; and require that CRT suppliers have qualified personnel and the necessary capabilities to provide and repair these specialized devices.

 

Thank you in advance for your support to introduce a Senate companion bill for H.R. 942.