Save Manual Wheelchairs and Critical Components

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Save Manual Wheelchairs and Critical Components

A young male in a complex manual wheelchair getting his mail.Congress must protect people with disabilities and pass H.R. 7217 to remove complex rehab manual wheelchair bases and components from Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program.

These important components are used by a population of people with significant disabilities such as ALS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury, who depend on appropriate components, repairs and adjustments in order to maintain their mobility and independence.

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Please pass H.R.7217, The Improve Act

Congressional action is needed to ensure equal access for Medicare beneficiaries and others with significant disabilities who rely on individually configured complex rehab manual wheelchairs and components.

We need Congress to pass H.R. 7217 before the end of the year to ensure that people with disabilities get the critical components they need for their complex manual wheelchairs and have CRT manual wheelchair bases permanently carved out of Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

CMS is inappropriately cutting Medicare payment rates for the complex critical components for these wheelchairs which is negatively impacting access to this needed customized equipment. HR 7217 fixes that problem by reverting to traditional Medicare rates for components.

H.R. 7217 Section-by-Section
HR 7217 Improve Act

2018-12-10T13:00:00+00:00Categories: Advocacy Action, Latest|

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