Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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Participate in Virtual Call-in to Support Complex Rehab Tech

This week is Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Week. United Spinal along with other stakeholders at the NCART Conference are in Washington, DC promoting better access to customized wheelchairs.

On May 1, United Spinal, along with clinicians and wheelchair providers, will be meeting with policymakers urging them to support “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act”.

You can do the same here by contacting your members of Congress and telling them the right wheelchair matters!

Here’s how you can participate in CRT virtual call-in.

1.) Go to the linked pdf here and review the “Co-Sponsors By State” See if your Senators and Representative are already signed on. If they aren’t, proceed to Step 2. (If you don’t know their names, go to www.house.gov and enter your zip code to find out who your Representative and Senator is.

2.) If any of your Members are not signed on, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to their offices. When connected to your Member’s office, tell them you are calling about “pending Medicare legislation” and ask to speak with the “Health Legislative Assistant”.

3.) Your message: “I am calling to ask Representative (House bill) __________ or Senator (Senate bill)__________) to sign on as a co-sponsor to House Bill H.R. 942 or Senate Bill S. 948) to establish a Separate Category for Complex Rehab Technology under the Medicare program. This bill protects access to specialized wheelchairs, seating systems, and other adaptive equipment used by a small population of people with significant disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, ALS, and multiple sclerosis. It is gaining strong support in Congress and already has 108 Representatives and 11 Senators cosponsors. The bill is also supported by over 50 national consumer and medical professional groups including United Spinal Association, the ALS Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Association for People with Disabilities, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.”

Read our position paper on this issue.

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