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LEGISLATION WILL HELP PATIENTS ACCESS HIGHLY SPECIALIZED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) today applauded the introduction of the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act, which would help patients with disabilities or severe medical conditions access much needed highly specialized medical equipment.

“AAHomecare thanks Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) for their leadership on this issue,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare. “This legislation will protect consumers, increase quality, improve oversight and help get this specialized equipment to those who need it the most. The AAHomecare Complex Rehabilitation and Mobility Council (CRMC) looks forward to working with Congress and the consumer community to pass this important bill.”

“Highly sophisticated CRT products require a commitment to provide advanced services, training and personnel to ensure appropriate use,” said Peter Rankin, assistant director of government affairs for AAHomecare.  “Creating a separate category for this type of highly specialized medical equipment will help meet the distinctive needs of the individuals that use it and the suppliers that assist them. Congress has previously recognized exceptional situations like this by creating a unique category for orthotics and prosthetics.”

The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act is supported by multiple patient, medical professional and supplier organizations, including: American Association for Homecare, American Physical Therapy Association, Brain Injury Association of America, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Easter Seals, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and United Spinal Association.

The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and others in the homecare community that serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen systems, wheelchairs, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. Members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. Visit www.aahomecare.org.

CONTACTS

Beth Ludwick, bethl@aahomecare.org, 202.372.0748

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