Separate benefit bill introduced

Thursday, April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - It's been several years in the making, but the long-awaited bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab was introduced yesterday.

"While we have significant work ahead, this is a positive step in creating recognition for the specialized nature of CRT and the changes needed to protect access to CRT for people with disabilities," stated Don Clayback, NCART executive director, in an email.

Sponsored by Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2012, H.R. 4378, dropped just as industry stakeholders and consumers were converging on Capitol Hill for a day of lobbying as part of CELA.

Stakeholders, including representatives from NCART, AAHomecare, RESNA, the Clinician Task Force and United Spinal Association, hope to get the bill attached to a larger piece of legislation before the current session of Congress ends. They will seek co-sponsors, as well as a companion bill in the Senate.