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CRT efforts gain momentum with fly-in

CRT efforts gain momentum with fly-in

Don ClaybackWASHINGTON – A record 300-plus advocates participated in the NCART/NRRTS Virtual Congressional Fly-in on Sept. 14. 

Those advocates, who included consumers, clinicians, providers, manufacturers, family members, caregivers and others, held meetings with 292 congressional offices throughout the day. 

“In the weeks ahead, we will be carrying out the important task of following up with offices on the ‘congressional asks’ presented,” said Don Clayback in an email bulletin. 

Those asks included support for a new sign-on letter led by Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and John Rose, R-Tenn., that urges CMS to move quickly to review coverage for power seat elevation systems. It also urges the agency to open the comment period for power standing systems. 

Members of the House of Representatives have until Oct. 3 to sign the letter. 

“Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., have agreed to lead a similar letter in the Senate,” Clayback said. “We will share details about that as soon as possible.” 

The fly-in also included a congressional briefing held by the ITEM Coalition to support coverage for power seat elevation and power standing systems. It was attended by Sen. Duckworth and Rep. Dan Meuser, D-Pa. 

“The briefing was well-attended and speakers shared clinical, personal and policy perspectives regarding the importance of establishing coverage for this technology,” Clayback said.


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