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Members of Congress press CMS on accessories

Members of Congress press CMS on accessories

Don ClaybackWASHINGTON – A letter signed by 19 members of Congress was sent to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure late on Monday asking her to stop the Medicare payment cuts to accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs that are set to go into effect July 1. 

The letter, circulated by Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., was signed by 18 members of the House of Representatives and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. 

“CMS has been reviewing the issues and our communication with them has been ongoing,” said Don Clayback, executive director of NCART in an email bulletin. “There are additional meetings scheduled with CMS this week as CRT stakeholder organizations collectively continue to work toward preventing these cuts that will take away access for people with disabilities who depend on CRT manual wheelchairs.” 

The letter asks Brooks-LaSure to extend an 18-month pause on competitive bidding pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. 

These accessories have been temporarily exempted from bid pricing only through June 30. 


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