November 5, 2015
CRT Stakeholders and Friends,
We are making significant progress in stopping major payment cuts to Complex Rehab wheelchair accessories, but we need more co-sponsors on our Congressional legislation. Our success rests on CRT stakeholder actions during the next 2 to 3 weeks.
Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out to their Members in Congress to get them to sign on to H.R. 3229 and S. 2196 to stop the application of competitive bid pricing (major payment cuts) to Complex Rehab wheelchair accessories scheduled for January 1.
We are gaining important support in the House with 50 Representatives signed on to H.R. 3229. And we have 5 Senators on the recently introduced Senate companion bill S. 2196. Getting these bills passed is the only way we can stop these cuts and protect access.
But our Congressional champions are telling us they need more co-sponsors on both bills so they can push for passage. Our bills are in competition with hundreds of others. We need to elevate the urgency of this crisis and the best way to do this is to get more co-sponsors.
We are receiving great support from the national consumer organizations who are reaching out to their membership through Action Alerts asking them to contact Congress to stress the need to get these bills passed before year end. Their voices are critical.
So if you have not done so already, please go to www.protectmymobility.org and reach out to your Members of Congress. It takes less than 10 minutes! We’ve also created a one page “Call to Action” that you can download from that site and share with others to get them informed and engaged.
Please continue to follow up with your Members until they sign on. Your polite persistence is critical so they understand the urgency of this issue and need for Congressional action this year.
Thanks for taking action this week. The clock is ticking and you CAN make a difference!
Donald E. Clayback
Executive Director | NCART
Office 716-839-9728 | Cell 716-913-4754