Reps. Crowley, Sensenbrenner introduce separate benefit bill for complex rehab

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Friday, February 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., have introduced a bill that would create a separate benefit for complex rehab technology.

“This legislation would guarantee that patients have access to the high-quality products and services they need to lead a more independent life,” said Crowley, chairman of the Democratic Caucus. “For those with disabilities and other medical conditions, these complex rehabilitation technology products are necessities.”

Currently, Medicare classifies complex rehab products like specialized power wheelchairs and adaptive seating systems as DME, limiting access and choice for users.

The bill, H.R. 750, would also help prevent fraud and abuse by requiring that a licensed physical or occupational therapist evaluate any patient seeking complex rehab products through Medicare.

H.R. 1516, a previous bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab, drew support from 172 co-sponsors. A similar bill in the Senate, S. 1013, drew support from 19 co-sponsors.