Monthly Archives: December 2017

Holiday Wishes from NCART

To Our Dedicated CRT Stakeholders and Friends,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Mickae, and myself we want to wish everyone a very happy Holiday Season and prosperous and healthy New Year.

CRT advocacy cannot be successful without you!  We are sincerely grateful for all who have given their support and their time in order to protect access to CRT for people with disabilities.  While there is always more to do, we are seeing real progress as a result of everyone’s efforts and we should all take encouragement from that.

We hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season and look forward to continuing to increase awareness and support for CRT in 2018!

Best Regards,

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

H.R. 3730 Cosponsors are Adding Up!

December 18, 2017

CRT Stakeholders and Friends,

We are happy to report that we’ve made very good progress and are up to 76 cosponsors on H.R. 3730 (see here).  That’s an addition of 24 cosponsors in less than two weeks!  That kind of growth lets Congressional leadership know that this issue has solid support and that support is increasing.

Our bill is being included in legislative discussions and a CBO (Congressional Budget Office) score is coming.  If this week’s legislative actions don’t include our bill, our next opportunity will be getting included in larger bills currently scheduled for January.  All options are being looked at and we will keep you updated.

Our job as advocates right now is to keep generating cosponsors and asking members to tell their leadership that H.R. 3730 must be passed.  While not easy, we can make this happen if we dedicate ourselves to politely persisting with Congress as we have in the past.  Contact information and suggested messaging can be found at www.protectmymobility.org.

Thanks to everyone for all the work and let’s keep that cosponsor list growing by continuing your calls and emails to Congress!

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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Call Congress to Pass CRT Manual Accessories Bill This Year

December 7, 2017

CRT Stakeholders and Friends,

Congress is finalizing year-end legislation this week, so your voice is needed NOW!

The NCART Board of Directors were in Washington this week and made 44 Congressional visits in support of the passage of H.R 3730 as part of Congress’ year-end activity. H.R. 3730 directs Medicare to stop applying Competitive Bid pricing to accessories/components used with CRT manual wheelchairs. Here’s what we need from you:

Contact Your Member: Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for the office of your House Representative (if you’re unsure, the operator will be able to tell you who your Representative is). When connected, ask for the staff person who handles “health care” and deliver the following message (feel free to personalize as you’d like).

Message To Deliver: “I’m calling to help get H.R. 3730 passed this year to protect access for people with disabilities who rely on complex manual wheelchairs. The bill has broad bipartisan support and I’m asking the Representative to let House leadership, Ways & Means Committee leadership, and Energy & Commerce Committee leadership know that he/she supports this bill for inclusion in year-end legislation.” (Add whatever else you think we would be helpful to highlight the need for passage.)

Even if your Representative is already on the bill as a cosponsor, you need to call him/her and ask he/she help push passage at year-end.

You can get additional information at www.protectmymobility.org, including the issue paper. We hope you’ll join us in delivering this message to Congress. Thanks for making this a priority and calling your Representative today!