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We Need You To Call Your Senators TODAY!



Our friends a the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) reminds us that we need you to call your Senators TODAY!

This afternoon the Senate introduced the “Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act”, which includes a one year delay in the application of Medicare competitive bid pricing to Complex Rehab Wheelchair Accessories. To ensure its passage we need you to call your Senators TODAY.

This bipartisan bill has been introduced by Senators Portman (R-OH), Casey (D-PA), Burr (R-NC), Schumer (D-NY), Blunt (R-MO), and Bennet (D-CO) and is limited to resolutions of several non-controversial Medicare issues. The plan is to get this bill passed before Congress adjourns.

It is being expedited through the Senate using what is called the “hot line” process. What this means is that once the bill is introduced and distributed, each Senator has 24 hours to object to it. If there are no objections within that 24 hour period the bill is deemed as passed in the Senate and will be forwarded to the House for their voting.

This is our last opportunity to get the CRT delay implemented this year and we need all CRT stakeholders to take the following action TODAY! If this effort is successful, we will let you know tomorrow on how to best contact your legislators in the House of Representatives.

ACTION NEEDED: Using the Senate phone list below, please call both of your Senators (unless your Senator is one of the original sponsors above) and deliver this message:

“I need the Senator to support the “Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act”, which has just been introduced by Senators Portman, Casey, Burr, Schumer, Blunt, and Bennet and is being expedited through the “hot line” process. The bill includes a one year delay in the application of Medicare competitive bid pricing to Complex Rehab Wheelchair Accessories and will ensure individuals with significant disabilities continue to receive the specialized technology they depend on.”

Find your Senator's phone number here.
Posted by Community Admin on Dec 17, 2015 4:43 PM America/New_York

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