Good news for the Separate Benefit Category for Complex Rehab Technology! At their recent annual Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC the National Multiple Sclerosis Society adopted passage of the “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act” as one of their federal legislative priorities for 2014. The audience included over 300 MS activists from across the country and the program included a 90 minute CRT Panel Discussion covering what CRT is, the access issues being encountered, and the details of the CRT bill. The CRT Panel was moderated by Weyman Johnson, Chairman of the Society’s International Board of Directors and panelists included Don Clayback, Executive Director of NCART, Alex Bennewith, Vice President of Government Relations at United Spinal Association, Jennifer Digmann, an MS activist from Michigan who uses a CRT power wheelchair, and Laura Weidner, Director of Federal Government Relations at the Society. The even better news is that the following day the 300 plus MS activists took the CRT message to their Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill seeking support for S-948/HR-942. And as they return home, they will be taking the CRT information back to their local and state MS Society chapter members.
This is another encouraging step in creating greater awareness and recognition of the importance of CRT and the actions needed to protect access. As of today we have 88 House Representatives signed on to HR-942 and 9 Senators signed on to S-948. We encourage you to visit www.access2crt.org and review the co-sponsor list (arranged by state) to see which Members from your state have signed on and, more importantly, who has not. They need to hear from you and others in your state! To help in your advocacy you can download and distribute the “CRT Legislation Information Pack” that contains the key details and documents relating to our bills.
Thanks for your continued participation and support!