Monthly Archives: February 2017

Make a Difference by Becoming an Advocate Today

With the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, the complex rehab community scored a needed victory. By issuing a six-month delay of Medicare payment cuts to CRT power wheelchair accessories, the Cures Act served as a key building block for the future. The success of this campaign was, in large, due to the community and their commitment to procuring the required backing to get the issue resolved. At NCART, we are overwhelmed with the support; however, the battle is not over. To implement a long-term solution, we need to keep fighting. Find out what you can do to continue to help those affected by disabilities by becoming an advocate today!

  1. Get in the Know

In order to make a difference, it’s important to get information on your local, state and national leaders. By visiting https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials, you can find the necessary material, and discover how to contact representatives about issues that are important to you and your community.

  1. Commit to Building Relationships

Make a connection by scheduling meetings with your elected leaders. To help at the national level, visit your Senators and House Representatives in their district offices.

  1. Attend Town Hall Meetings

By participating in these meetings, you ensure that your elected leaders understand the subjects that are important to you. Additionally, by vocalizing key issues, you can help spread awareness about crucial topics so more may join the fight.

  1. Continue to Contact

Emails, phone calls and letters do make a difference. By continually contacting your congressional leaders and encouraging others to do the same, you are keeping the subject relevant and providing a key voice for those in need.

  1. Be Active on Social Media

In today’s world, social media remains as one of the most effective way to promote a cause. By following NCART on Facebook, as well as sharing vital information, you can ensure that the message reaches a growing audience.

Although the passage of the Cures Act was a major stepping-stone, there is still work to be done for those in need. To learn more about the importance of promoting access to Complex Rehab Technology, visit NCART today.

April CRT Leadership and Advocacy Conference

February 3, 2017

CRT Stakeholders and Friends,

It’s time to sign up for this year’s National CRT Leadership and Advocacy Conference put on by NCART and NRRTS! We’re meeting on April 26 and 27, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. You’re invited to join other CRT stakeholders for a great program of education, advocacy, and networking.

A major part of the conference is visiting Members of Congress to push for passage of our “CRT Wheelchair Accessories” and our “CRT Separate Benefit Category” legislation. We built good momentum last year thanks to everyone’s efforts. But this year’s visits are critical to getting passage of permanent fixes and improvements.

We need as many CRT advocates as we can get taking the CRT message directly to Congress. To enable greater attendance, and recognizing the demands on people’s time and dollars, we have condensed this year’s conference program to two days and reduced the conference fee to only $199.

Attendees will benefit from industry-driven topics, unique networking opportunities, regulatory and legislative updates, and Capitol Hill appointments with their Members of Congress. You can download the conference flyer here.

The conference snapshot looks like this:

Leadership Day – Wednesday, April 26 – CRT focused presentations covering health care reform, federal and state regulatory/legislative issues, and getting prepped for Congress. The schedule: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM “Health Care Reform”; 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM- Lunch On Your Own; 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM “Industry Update”; 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM- Networking Break; 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM “Congressional Prep and State Delegation Meetings”; and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM- “CRT United Reception”.

Capitol Hill Day – Thursday, April 27 – Our historic annual lobbying event. Providers, manufacturers, consumers, and clinicians will take the CRT message directly to Congress through in-person meetings on Capitol Hill. The schedule: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Capitol Hill Visits; and 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM “Debriefing Reception”.

Now’s the time to get signed up so you get a spot and hotel room. Don’t wait too long and risk being shut out. You can get more details and register at www.ncart.us or www.nrrts.org.

This promises to be a great conference and we look forward to seeing many of you there!

Regards,

Don Clayback, NCART
dclayback@ncart.us

Weesie Walker, NRRTS
wwalker@nrrts.org

CRT Separate Benefit Category Legislation Reintroduced

January 31, 2017

CRT Stakeholders,

Great news from Congress for people with disabilities who rely on Complex Rehab Technology!

CRT Champions Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Joe Crowley (D-NY) have joined together to reintroduce the “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2017” in the House of Representatives. The new bill number is H.R. 750.

In his announcement (see here), Representative Sensenbrenner stated “As a leader in the fight for the rights of the disabled, I want to ensure all Americans have access to the tools needed to live each day to the fullest. Disabled Americans should not be denied rehabilitation or medical equipment that can enable them to live and work freely and independently.”

Representative Crowley said in his announcement (see here), “This legislation would guarantee that patients have access to the high-quality products and services they need to lead a more independent life. For those with disabilities and other medical conditions, these complex rehabilitation technology products are necessities.”

The CRT Community is very thankful to Representatives Sensenbrenner and Crowley for their continued leadership in protecting access for people with disabilities. This legislation finished last year with strong bipartisan support with 173 Representatives and 20 Senators signed on.

We will be updating our websites and supporting materials to assist Stakeholders in reconnecting with their Members of Congress to re-sign past cosponsors or secure new cosponsors in this Congressional session.

On another important front, work is underway to reintroduce legislation in Congress to provide a permanent stop to the application of Medicare Competitive Bid pricing to CRT Wheelchair Accessories. This bill is expected to be reintroduced as we move into February.

Thanks for your continued support! Stay tuned for more details.

Regards,

Don
Donald E. Clayback
Executive Director | NCART
Office 716-839-9728 | Cell 716-913-4754
dclayback@ncart.us |www.ncart.us

 

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