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Complex Rehab Technology

The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Act creates a separate benefit category under Medicare for complex rehabilitation technology (CRT), protecting access to these customized products so that people with significant disabilities can have their medical needs addressed and remain independent.

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What We Are Trying To Accomplish: To pass the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act and also ensure people have access to complex rehabilitation technology "accessories" like tilt-in-space features or head and trunk support systems.

Why It's Important: The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Act creates a separate benefit category under Medicare for complex rehabilitation technology (CRT), streamlining access to and increasing quality standards of individually configured products so that people with significant disabilities including progressed MS can have their medical needs addressed and remain independent. A related issue, a policy has been proposed that would restrict access to complex rehabilitation technology "accessories." These "accessories"--like tilt-in-space features and head and trunk support systems--are fundamental to making the product beneficial for and usable by people with progressed disabilities and meaningful access to them must be maintained.

Updates: In March 2015, Reps. Sensenbrenner (WI-5) and Crowley (NY-14) reintroduced the House bill (H.R. 1516) and in April, Sens. Cochran (MS) and Schumer (NY) reintroduced the Senate bill (S. 1013). As of mid-December 2015, the House bill has more than 155 bipartisan cosponsors and the Senate bill has 14 bipartisan cosponsors.

In mid-December, Congress approved a one-year delay of the dangerous policy that would have restricted access to complex rehabilitation technology accessories, also calling for a study to better understand utilization and reimbursement of these products.

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