Coalition pushes leadership to pass accessories bill

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Friday, November 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – The ITEM Coalition has sent a second letter to leaders of the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees in the House of Representatives, urging them to pass H.R. 3730. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and John Larson, D-Conn., would stop CMS from using competitive bidding-related pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. The letter follows up on an earlier letter sent in September. “We now urge you to pass this important legislation before the end of the year to ensure Medicare beneficiary access to manual CRT wheelchair accessories and to capitalize on the significant bipartisan support for the bill in Congress,” the letter reads. The bill currently has 122 supporters. The ITEM Coalition, a national consumer and clinician-led coalition advocating for access to and coverage for assistive devices, technologies and related for people with disabilities, has 30 members, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the United Spinal Association and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.