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Thread: Congressional Call-In Day, April 29. NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION!

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    Exclamation Congressional Call-In Day, April 29. NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION!

    If you have recently gone through the effort to purchase a new power or ultralight wheelchair, or even a replacement seat cushion, and rely on Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance for your funding, you no doubt have experienced how much more challenging the process is to meet all the eligibility requirements, gain all the necessary documentation, and participate with your supplier to successfully navigate through the entire process. Each month Medicare or other insurance companies establish new guidelines that either serve to further restrict access to necessary equipment or reduce the available funding for said equipment. The national Competitive Bidding program for many categories of DME is just one example of a significant obstacle to obtaining high quality seating and mobility equipment.

    A very broad set of stakeholders in the complex rehab equipment industry (clinicians, consumers, manufacturers, rehab suppliers, national consumer organizations, etc.) have engaged Congress on this challenge, and Congress has responded by introducing bills in both the House and Senate that would serve to improve access and streamline the process to acquire complex rehab equipment. As you will see from the attached:

    "This legislation will protect and improve access to CRT for people with significant disabilities and
    chronic medical conditions by creating a separate category for CRT under the Medicare program to
    provide a distinction of the specialized nature of CRT products and allow for other needed changes.
    These changes include eliminating Medicare's ?In the Home? restriction for CRT and enhancing
    supplier standards and safeguards. The long term objective of this initiative is to improve access for
    people with disabilities of all ages, whether covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance."

    Next week is a very big week in terms or taking this message to Congress and seeking the support of House and Senate members. And the way this process works in Washington is to make as much noise as possible to your members of Congress, so they hear from many constituents that this is a problem and you are seeking their support by signing on a sponsor to the legislation.

    I will be joining a group of over 175 individuals in DC next week, to meet face-to-face with members of Congress on Thursday. Joining me will be a good number of consumer advocates, as well as representatives from such national organizations as United Spinal, MS Society and the PVA.

    To support our meetings next Thursday, we need THOUSANDS of consumers and advocates to call their members of Congress on Tuesday and let your voice be heard asking your Senators and Representatives to sponsor the complex rehab bills currently before both the House and the Senate. 175 people attending DC and meeting with members of Congress alone won't have a great affect. But 175 people attending as follow up to thousands of calls received earlier in the week from consumers and advocates will certainly get the attention of Congress.

    Please read through the attached to become informed about this important effort, and please set aside only 15 minutes next Tuesday to make the requested phone calls to the DC office of your members of Congress from your home state. Together we can make this happen!

    Thank you!

    Tom Borcherding
    ROHO Inc.
    tomb@roho.com
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    Thanks Tom for letting me and the rest of know about this I would have never known.

    Can't open nothing in windows 8.....says no file found.....will have to go to windows 7 puter see what pops up.

    Thanks very much Tom for carring.

    I think they just want you to go to nursing home shrivel up and die. There actions shows that.
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    Here is a copy / paste of the call in information from the original attachment. You want to supplement the script of the call with additional information about yourself and the importance that access to (and appropriate funding for) complex rehab equipment makes for your health, lifestyle, independence, employment, etc. In other words - share your unique story. Thanks!


    CRT Congressional Call‐In Day ‐‐‐ April 29, 2014
    Help Protect Access to Specialized Equipment
    Used By People with Disabilities
    A large group of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) stakeholders (consumers, clinicians, suppliers,
    manufacturers, and advocates) will be in Washington, D.C. visiting Members of Congress on May 1st.
    The purpose is secure additional co‐sponsors for the ?Ensuring Access to Quality Complex
    Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2013?. House Bill number H.R. 942 and Senate Bill number S. 948.
    This legislation will protect and improve access to CRT for people with significant disabilities and
    chronic medical conditions by creating a separate category for CRT under the Medicare program to
    provide a distinction of the specialized nature of CRT products and allow for other needed changes.
    These changes include eliminating Medicare's ?In the Home? restriction for CRT and enhancing
    supplier standards and safeguards. The long term objective of this initiative is to improve access for
    people with disabilities of all ages, whether covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.
    If you can?t be in Washington, help out and call your Members of Congress on April 29th
    We need thousands of people to call Members of Congress and ask them to sign on as a co‐sponsor
    to HR‐942/S‐948 to ensure people with disabilities have adequate access to the CRT they depend
    on. Members must hear from constituents that this is important. To help, follow these steps:
    1.) Go to www.access2crt.org and review the ?Co‐Sponsors By State? listed under the
    ?Separate Benefit Category Needed? heading. See if your Senators and Representatives are
    already signed on. If they aren?t, proceed to Step 2. (If you don't know their names, go to
    www.govtrack.us/congress/members and enter your Zip Code in the address box.)
    2.) If any of your Members are not signed on, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202‐225‐3121
    and ask to be connected to their offices. When connected to your Member?s office, tell
    them you are calling regarding ?pending Medicare legislation? and ask to speak with the
    ?Health Legislative Assistant?.
    3.) Your message: ?I am calling to ask Representative __________ (or Senator __________) to
    sign on as a co‐sponsor to House Bill H.R. 942 (or Senate Bill S. 948) to establish a Separate
    Category for Complex Rehab Technology under the Medicare program. This bill protects
    access to specialized wheelchairs, seating systems, and other adaptive equipment used by a
    small population of people with significant disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral
    palsy, ALS, and multiple sclerosis. It is gaining strong support in Congress and already has
    109 Representatives and 12 Senators signed on. The bill is also supported by over 50
    national consumer and medical professional groups including the United Spinal Association,
    the ALS Association, the MS Society, the American Association for People with Disabilities,
    and the Paralyzed Veterans Association.?
    4.) Point them to www.access2crt.org if they would like more information.
    Thanks to everyone for their participation! For additional information about Complex
    Rehab Technology and the Separate Benefit Category initiative please visit www.access2crt.org.

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