Washington state passes CRT bill
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state legislature has approved HB 1445, a bill that creates a separate benefit category for complex rehab technology (CRT) within the Medicaid program, according to a press release from NCART. The bill, similar to a CRT bill currently being pursued at the federal level, passed unanimously in the Senate (46 to 0) and overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives (92 to 3). Helping to pass the bill: a state CRT workgroup comprised of manufacturers, providers, consumers and clinicians, the release noted. The bill has three main objectives: protecting access for complex needs patients to necessary technology and services; improving safeguards for the delivery and provision of CRT; and providing patients the opportunity to avoid institutionalization. The legislation is expected to be signed into law in mid-May and take effect Jan. 1, 2014, according to the release.