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Higgins & Sensenbrenner Recognize National CRT Awareness Week; Push for Passage of Legislation Providing Individuals with Severe Medical Needs with Greater Access to Adaptive Technology

Aug 23, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan bill improves Medicare categorization of individually configured medical equipment

Congressmen Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-5) recognized National Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Awareness Week this week and continued to push for passage of their bill, H.R. 2408, the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2019.


For Medicare patients with significant disabilities caused by conditions including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and many others, access to specialized and individually configured medical equipment like custom wheelchairs is required for proper treatment.


Under current law, those with severe medical needs can face hurdles in getting access to the specialized technologies that their conditions require. H.R. 2408 amends portions of the Social Security Act to clarify and improve the definitions of certain CRT related terms and coverage to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries who need adaptive technology can access it through Medicare. These changes include establishing a separate benefit category for CRT technologies and updating CRT payment methods.


Congressman Higgins said: “Innovation in medical technologies has made it essential that we update and simplify the process within Medicare for those with severe medical needs to access the CRT equipment that provides them with the best outcomes. Our bipartisan legislation accomplishes that goal and will allow more access to better treatments.”


Congressman Sensenbrenner said: “Many individuals with significant medical conditions face unique physical and functional challenges and rely on CRT products to meet their daily needs. Our bipartisan legislation would allow for targeted coverage and payment policies that adequately address these individuals’ unique situations.”


Higgins and Sensenbrenner reintroduced H.R. 2408 in May. The bill currently has 30 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, and has been referred the Committee on Ways and Means as well as the Committee on Energy and Commerce.