Breaking news: House moves on accessories issue

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Language that requires CMS to stop applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs for 18 months has been included in a larger bill introduced today in the House of Representatives, according to NCART.

H.R. 7217, which focuses on improvements to the Medicaid program, would:

  • Provide a permanent exemption from the bid program for complex rehab manual wheelchair bases; and
  • Provide an 18-month “suspension” in bid pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs, meaning these accessories would go back to being paid at the traditional rates.


“The 18-month period goes from Jan. 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, and will allow time for the needed discussion to make a permanent policy change,” NCART stated in a bulletin.

The House is expected to vote on the bill next week and, if passed, it will move to the Senate.

The primary objective now, according to NCART: “Starting tomorrow and through next week the House and Senate must hear from their constituents that this must be passed this year.”

NCART advises going to www.protectmymobility.org for details and alerts.