Accessories bill re-introduced in House

Monday, April 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – Reps. John Larson, D-Conn., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., have re-introduced a bill that would permanently exempt complex rehab manual wheelchairs from Medicare’s competitive bidding program and would suspend the agency from applying bid-related payment rates to accessories for those wheelchairs for 18 months.

The suspension would give stakeholders and their champions time to work on a permanent policy change.

“Representatives Larson and Zeldin were joined in this bipartisan introduction by 21 additional members,” NCART wrote in a bulletin to members announcing the introduction of H.R. 2293. “Not only was the introduction bipartisan, but it included seven members from the important Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees.”

NCART plans to update advocacy materials so stakeholders can contact their representatives to sign on as cosponsors.

A similar bill was passed in the House of Representatives late last year but, ultimately, stalled in the Senate.