Separate benefit bill lands more co-sponsors
WASHINGTON – A bill in the House of Representatives to create a separate benefit for complex rehab now has 107 sponsors—67 Democrats and 40 Republicans. Co-sponsors include 17 members of the House Ways and Means Committee and 10 members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, NCART reported in a recent bulletin. “We need to continue to build support and awareness so our bill is in a position to be attached to the next piece of Medicare legislation,” wrote Don Clayback, NCART executive director. A similar bill in the Senate now has 12 co-sponsors, including members of the Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tried unsuccessfully to have the bill attached to the “doc fix” bill recently passed by Congress.