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See the May 2016 Government Relations Update

See the March 2016 Government Relations Update


Priorities 

Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act (S. 1013/H.R. 1516)

Support continued to grow for the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act (S. 1013/H.R. 1516), which was re-introduced by Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY).  The bill now had more than 120 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and 12 in the Senate. RESNA, along with member organizations in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, is supporting the bill. The bill would create a separate benefit category under Medicare for complex rehabilitation technology (CRT), streamlining access to these individually configured products.

RESNA is part of the CRT Separate Benefit Category Coalition, along with NCART, NRRTS, AA Homecare, United Spinal Association, the Clinician Task Force, and many others.  Visit the coalition website, www.access2crt.orgS. 800 and HR 1469, The Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at the NIH Act

On March 19, 2015, Senators Mark Kirk (R-Il.) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced “The Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at the NIH Act” (companion bills: S. 800 and H.R. 1469) to improve, coordinate, and enhance medical rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The legislation follows the recommendations of made by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Medical Rehabilitation Research established by NIH in December 2012. Provisions in the bill are designed to enhance coordination within NIH and with other agencies and update and streamline rehabilitation research priorities. The proposed legislation also specifies that the Research Plan must be updated every five years following a scientific conference or workshop; provides for an annual progress report; ties co-funding of medical rehabilitation research projects to the Research Plan, and includes a definition of medical rehabilitation research. RESNA is a member of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition, a group of over 40 agencies supporting the bills. RESNA urges member to contact their Congressional representatives in the Senate and the House to sign on in support of this bipartisan effort. Read the press release.

CRT Accessories Bill (H.R. 3229)

A bill that would provide a technical correction to stop CMS from applying competitive bid pricing to complex rehab wheelchair accessories has been introduced into the House of Representatives by Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY). The bill number is H.R. 3229. Advocates expect the U.S. Senate to begin circulating a sign-on letter asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to rescind this policy. See NCART update