CURES Bill Passed in House and Senate
We have had several government and legislative successes over the past two weeks alone. Language to further delay the looming reimbursement cuts to Group 3 power wheelchair accessories was added to the 21st Century CURES Act. The CURES bill was passed in the House on Nov. 30 and in the Senate on Dec. 7. It is now awaiting President Obama’s signature. The current delay would be extended until July 1, 2017. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to this issue.
“Many people were engaged in legislative actions to make sure this bill was passed, including Tom Powers of VGM Government Relations,” said Greg Packer, president of U.S. Rehab. “Getting our legislation on the CURES bill is a step in the right direction and could not have been accomplished without dedication and hard work to the issue.”
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Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new Secretary of Health and Human Services after Senate confirmation. We are excited to see one of our strongest congressional advocates taking a leadership role in the new administration and look forward to working with him to implement crucial Medicare and Medicaid reforms.
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We have also heard confirmation that the Veterans Mobility Safety Act of 2016 was officially passed in the House and the Senate. It is now on President Obama’s desk awaiting his signature.
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Please continue to fight the good fight. Getting the CURES bill passed was a significant step. While the delay is not the final solution, it allows us time to pursue a permanent fix with the new administration. Greg Packer and Tom Powers visited the Hill this week and met with approximately 20 members of Congress and staff members. “We have come a long way in awareness of the CRT issue in the past few years,” said Tom Powers. “There is a huge awareness of our issues in D.C., and people are finally getting what we have been fighting for.”
U.S. Rehab continues to fight for independent complex rehab providers daily. Please call us at 800-987-7342 if you have any questions.