WASHINGTON – A bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab within the Medicare program has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

H.R. 2408 was introduced by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., on May 1.

This follows the introduction on Monday of S. 1223, a bill that would exempt complex rehab manual and power wheelchairs and any wheelchair accessory, cushion or back when furnished in connection with a wheelchair from Medicare competitive bidding pricing.

Earlier in April, Reps. John Larson, D-Conn., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., introduced H.R. 2293, a bill to suspend bid pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs for 18 months and to permanently exempt complex rehab manual wheelchairs from the program. 

Complex rehab stakeholders are in Washington, D.C., today and tomorrow to meet with members of Congress and ask for support of all three bills.