Accessories bill drops in the Senate

Friday, October 23, 2015

WASHINGTON – Legislation that would prevent CMS from applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex power wheelchairs has been introduced in the Senate, AAHomecare and NCART announced yesterday.

Like its companion bill, H.R. 3229, S. 2196 would also provide a technical correction clarifying that CMS cannot make the change, which is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2016. , The House bill, introduced July 27 by Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., currently has 39 co-sponsors in the House

Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., is the lead sponsor of S. 2196, with Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss., joining him as original co-sponsors.

"Introduction of the bill is great news for all complex rehab stakeholders," said Seth Johnson, vice president of government relations at Pride Mobility, in a release. "We have been working with Senator Casey's office for years on various competitive bidding-related issues, and when we updated them on CMS's plans to apply bid prices for standard wheelchair accessories to complex rehab wheelchair accessories, they took an active role in moving this important legislation forward."