The ITEM Coalition is devoted to raising awareness and building support for policies that will enhance access to assistive devices, technologies, and related services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. The coalition is consumer-led and includes a diverse set of disability organizations, aging organizations, other consumer groups, voluntary health associations, and non-profit provider associations.
Most Recent Advocacy Efforts
- Letter to CMS: Comments on Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of “Reasonable and Necessary” Proposed Rule. 38 ITEM Coalition members signed on.
- Letter to House: Support H.R. 8581, the “Triple A” Study Act.
- Letter to Senate: Support S. 4343, the “Triple A” Study Act. 36 ITEM Coalition members signed on.
September 15th: ITEM Coalition Calls on CMS to Expand Medicare Coverage of Seat Elevation and Standing Systems in Power Wheelchairs
- Letter of support from 60 national rehabilitation and disability organizations
- Formal reconsideration request for National Coverage Determination for Mobility Assistive Equipment (NCD for MAE)
- ITEM Coalition press release on submission
- National Council on Disability letter to CMS
- Congressional Letter to CMS: Delay Implementation of Competitive Bidding Program During Public Health Emergency. 101 Members of Congress signed on and 36 ITEM Coalition members signed on to message supporting the letter.
- Letter to CMS: Modifications to Implementation of Medicare Disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Benefit. ITEM Coalition Steering Committee letter.
- Letter to CMS: Coronavirus Response – Request for Exclusion of Non-Invasive Ventilators from Medicare Competitive Bidding Program. Joint ITEM/Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation Steering Committee letter.
- Letter to Congress: Coronavirus Response – Request for Exclusion of Non-Invasive Ventilators from Medicare Competitive Bidding Program. Joint ITEM/Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation Steering Committee letter.
- Letter to Energy & Commerce Leaders: Recommendations for Legislative Provisions in Cures 2.0. 36 ITEM Coalition members signed on.
- Letter to Congress: Support for Legislation to Ensure Patient Access to Non-Invasive Ventilators. 28 ITEM Coalition members signed on.
The ITEM Coalition’s 2020 Policy Priorities can be found here.