Stakeholders prep complex rehab bill to pass

Friday, October 11, 2013

ORLAND, Fla. – The time between now and Thanksgiving is key to passing a bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab by the end of this year, NCART’s Don Clayback told Medtrade attendees last week.

“Your efforts do pay off,” said Clayback, executive director, during his session, “Complex Rehab Technology Update.” “If you’re able to reach out to your congressperson about this, we can leverage that and continue our momentum.”

H.R. 942 currently has 81 co-sponsors, and its companion bill, S. 948, has six.

Picking up more co-sponsors in both the House of Representatives and Senate is one of three short-term goals stakeholders will need to meet to prepare the bill to be attached to a larger bill, Clayback said.

“We need this to be on-the-shelf, so our champions can bring it to their colleagues when the bill is in a position to be attached in December,” he said.

Other goals: working with key staff to address any questions or comments and gain committee approval; and obtaining a CBO score. 

Clayback says the bill is in a good position to accomplish these goals.

“We have the significant advantage of support in both chambers and conversations in both chambers,” he said. “At the end of the day, both chambers will vote on this.”