Support Legislation for Complex Wheelchairs

House Resolution 942 and Senate Bill 948

Please read the letter below from SBAG member, Andrew Davis, Advocacy and Consumer Relations, National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers – NRRTS

My name is Andrew Davis. I work for an Organization called “National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers-NRRTS” as their Advocacy & Consumer Relations person…  The purpose of my contacting you is our Organization along with “National Coalition For Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology-NCART”, as well as many other Organzations that advocate for the disAbled have been working to get legislation passed on Capital Hill which will create a Separate Benefit Category under Medicare for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT).

Currently, Medicare has coded CRT in the same category as walkers, bedside commodes, hospital type wheelchairs, etc. CRT, which is not a “one-size-fits-all”, needs to have a Separate Benefit Category under Medicare so as to allow appropriate policies, coding, and better standards. Because of this, legislation “Ensuring Access To Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act-H.R. 942 & Senate Bill 948” has been introduced in both the House as well as the Senate. This legislation will create a Separate Benefit Category for CRT in Medicare. We are asking people to help in our efforts to get “Ensuring Access To Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act” passed!

You can help by e-mailing your members of Congress, asking them to sign-on as a Co-sponsor! To do this, click on the link below. Then click “contact your members of Congress and ask them to sign-on to the Bills”. We also ask that you call your members of Congress and tell them to Co-sponsor H.R. 942 (House) and Senate Bill 948….The phone number for the Capital Hill switchboard is202-224-3121. If you are disabled and use CRT equipment, tell your Congressman’s office how having access to this vital equipment has helped you to be independent!

The website we have created is :: www.access2crt.org

On the website, we also have our Position Papers and Draft Legislation as well as list of those in Congress who already are Co-sponsoring H.R. 942 (in the House) & Senate Bill 948 in the Senate.

Thank you in advance for you and the members of your Organization in our efforts to pass this important piece of Legislation!

Andrew Davis

Advocacy & Consumer Relations
National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers-NRRTS

LOVE ON TOP SERIES (Pt.3)

 

            In the last installment of this series, we have finally made it to the Top! It has been a long ride and for some a hard climb. We have learned what it means to Love and how to turn our marriage back On! Today, we will be taking our marriage to the TOP! The reality of getting your Love On Top is to admit that it has gone through some turbulent times that have caused you and your mate to be on the bottom.

Once you evaluate and take inventory of all the things that you and your spouse have done over the years, you will be able to pinpoint what has kept you so “grounded on level 1” instead of living life and love on top at the penthouse level. Today is your day to take flight to the Top! Going to the top is a teamwork and partnership. In life if you are at the top of your game, but your marriage is slumming it, then you have not really made it to the top. True Love On Top is when the marriage makes it, because when the marriage makes it, then each spouse has made it to.

So, the first step to the Top is to not try and go at it alone. Don’t think that if you get to the top you can carry, cheer, or badger your spouse to that level with you. You have to be willing to stay in the trenches and work your way up to the top together and not apart. Just like in the military and with firefighters, you have to take the motto, “No Man Left Behind!” Don’t leave your spouse behind.

Stop Making Your Spouse Take the Stairs

             Step 2 to going to the Top is to stop making it so hard for your spouse, and stop being so difficult. Many of you are riding easy on the elevator to the top all the while making your spouse take the stairs. Marriage is not 50/50 it is 100/100! There is no test that you can take and make a 50 on it and pass. It is not enough for you to do half (50%) and then expect your spouse to give you a 100%!

            You make your spouse take the stairs when you are unloving, unforgiving, adulterous, dishonest, non-communicative, a work-alcoholic, and despondent towards your mate. You are making your spouse climb while you take an easy ride to the top. If you are making your spouse work overtime and you are barely showing up to the marriage, then you have made your spouse take the stairs. You cannot give minimum input and expect maximum output!

 The Rules of Engagement to Put Your Love On T.O.P.

Talk & Touch: The behavior of getting to the top is that you talk and touch your spouse every day. In the morning when you get up, say, “Good Morning.” When you leave the house, seal it with a kiss. Throughout the day, touch base with each other. When you come home, welcome one another with a kiss and a smile. Schedule time each night to have pillow talk. Always make talking and touching a primary focus of each day. Talking & Touching always takes you to the Top!

Observation & Opportunities: Don’t get so busy that you don’t notice or acknowledge that your spouse is going through something. Don’t always consider yourself and your feelings all the time. Really observe your spouse and look for opportunities to love them and really connect to them. Constant observation and seizing the right opportunities will take and keep you at the top!

Priority & Purpose: Make your marriage and your spouse a top priority. Make your marriage a true purpose in your life. There are so many things that compete for our time and energy, but your spouse should not have to compete because they should already be a top priority. You have to remember that you cannot complete or accomplish your life’s purpose without your spouse, so you must realize they are an integral part of you. Keeping the right priority and purpose will keep you at the top of your marriage.

A couple who is talking and touching every day, spouses who observe and look for love opportunities, and put each other as a priority and purpose are bound not only to make it to the top, but to remain there. Today choose to put your Love On Top and stay at the Penthouse level in your marriage. All that you need to make your marriage successful is already down on the inside and within you and your spouse; it just needs to be unleashed! It is Time for you to Unleash the Possibilities Within & Live Life From the Inside Out in Your Marriage!

LOVE ON TOP SERIES (Pt.3)

             In the last installment of this series, we have finally made it to the Top! It has been a long ride and for some a hard climb. We have learned what it means to Love and how to turn our marriage back On! Today, we will be taking our marriage to the TOP! The reality of getting your Love On Top is to admit that it has gone through some turbulent times that have caused you and your mate to be on the bottom.

            Once you evaluate and take inventory of all the things that you and your spouse have done over the years, you will be able to pinpoint what has kept you so “grounded on level 1” instead of living life and love on top at the penthouse level. Today is your day to take flight to the Top! Going to the top is a teamwork and partnership. In life if you are at the top of your game, but your marriage is slumming it, then you have not really made it to the top. True Love On Top is when the marriage makes it, because when the marriage makes it, then each spouse has made it to.

So, the first step to the Top is to not try and go at it alone. Don’t think that if you get to the top you can carry, cheer, or badger your spouse to that level with you. You have to be willing to stay in the trenches and work your way up to the top together and not apart. Just like in the military and with firefighters, you have to take the motto, “No Man Left Behind!” Don’t leave your spouse behind.

Stop Making Your Spouse Take the Stairs

             Step 2 to going to the Top is to stop making it so hard for your spouse, and stop being so difficult. Many of you are riding easy on the elevator to the top all the while making your spouse take the stairs. Marriage is not 50/50 it is 100/100! There is no test that you can take and make a 50 on it and pass. It is not enough for you to do half (50%) and then expect your spouse to give you a 100%!

            You make your spouse take the stairs when you are unloving, unforgiving, adulterous, dishonest, non-communicative, a work-alcoholic, and despondent towards your mate. You are making your spouse climb while you take an easy ride to the top. If you are making your spouse work overtime and you are barely showing up to the marriage, then you have made your spouse take the stairs. You cannot give minimum input and expect maximum output!

 The Rules of Engagement to Put Your Love On T.O.P.

Talk & Touch: The behavior of getting to the top is that you talk and touch your spouse every day. In the morning when you get up, say, “Good Morning.” When you leave the house, seal it with a kiss. Throughout the day, touch base with each other. When you come home, welcome one another with a kiss and a smile. Schedule time each night to have pillow talk. Always make talking and touching a primary focus of each day. Talking & Touching always takes you to the Top!

Observation & Opportunities: Don’t get so busy that you don’t notice or acknowledge that your spouse is going through something. Don’t always consider yourself and your feelings all the time. Really observe your spouse and look for opportunities to love them and really connect to them. Constant observation and seizing the right opportunities will take and keep you at the top!

Priority & Purpose: Make your marriage and your spouse a top priority. Make your marriage a true purpose in your life. There are so many things that compete for our time and energy, but your spouse should not have to compete because they should already be a top priority. You have to remember that you cannot complete or accomplish your life’s purpose without your spouse, so you must realize they are an integral part of you. Keeping the right priority and purpose will keep you at the top of your marriage.

A couple who is talking and touching every day, spouses who observe and look for love opportunities, and put each other as a priority and purpose are bound not only to make it to the top, but to remain there. Today choose to put your Love On Top and stay at the Penthouse level in your marriage. All that you need to make your marriage successful is already down on the inside and within you and your spouse; it just needs to be unleashed! It is Time for you to Unleash the Possibilities Within & Live Life From the Inside Out in Your Marriage!

 

*By Contributing Writer Evang Tashara Luster

LOVE ON TOP SERIES (Pt.2)

“You Are Either Taking Your Marriage UP or DOWN!”

Last week, we talked about LOVE (Loyalty, Openness, Vision, & Eternal Embrace)! This week we are going to talk about ON! We are going to discuss how to have an ON marriage! In between the words, Love & Top is the word ON. You can’t take your Love to the Top without first having your marriage in the On setting.

Just like in the natural, nothing works in the off position or setting. Neither is your marriage able to function in the off position and setting. A marriage that is destined to go to the penthouse has to be turned ON.

The word ON is defined as something that is operational and functions at a superior level. To be on is to remain supported, attached, and unified with something else. It is the covering or wrapping for something. It is to be in connection, association, and cooperation with something.

Your marriage in order to stay on and remain on must be operational, meaning it must have order. You cannot live in a chaotic house and expect a peaceful and orderly marriage. Also for your marriage to be on and operational then it means everyone must do their part, every part has its operation and it must perform its function as such.

To really be on in your marriage, you and your spouse must focus on making the marriage superior, in essence making it important. To be superior is to be above average, you cannot settle for an ok marriage in the “on” position. No one gets to the top of anything with being average, but rather by being, having and giving excellence. Are you giving excellence in your marriage?

If you and your spouse are going to put your Love On Top, then you must remain supportive of one another, attached to one another in your commitment and also in spending quality time together. Most of all you must be unified. You must be one with another and you must respect each other.

In marriage you should be the covering and wrapping of love, grace, affection, and kindness for your spouse. If your spouse was to describe you as a covering, which one would you be: (1) Fleece: soft, cuddly, and comforting. (2) Flannel: warm, but sometimes a little itchy. (3) Sackcloth: harsh, abrasive, and unbearable.

How you cover and wrap your spouse speaks to how your marriage will be on in essence of connection, association, and cooperation. You can only achieve connection in the on position. If you are wrapping your marriage in fleece, then you are in connection with your spouse. The best way to remain on in connection with your spouse is to communicate with them daily. Not just talking, but connecting! Discussing hopes, dreams, needs, wants, desires, and giving words of affirmation. When you have an on marriage that brings forth connection then association and cooperation with one another comes naturally. So put your Love On Top with a fleece (soft, cuddly, and comforting) covering.

Covering your marriage in flannel and sackcloth turns it off and does not take your love to the penthouse level. Especially for my wives, seriously wearing flannel and sackcloth material and pajamas really turns a man off. Turn your love life on by wearing some silk, satin, and lace to entice your man.

 

                     You Go Up In Your Marriage By Turning It ON!

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Many of you before you can turn your marriage on, must identify what is causing you to have an off marriage. In what ways are you turning your marriage off? In what ways are you non-supportive, distant, and non-connective? What caused your marriage to go from on to off? What plan of action or strategy do you have for turning your marriage back on?

 

 

Are You Opening or Closing the Door on Your Marriage?

 Picture14Open Door = Love On Top!  If you have an attitude always to keep the door of your heart and marriage open then your love will be able to go to the top. Think about when you are running to an elevator door that is about to close, you scream, “Hold the Elevator!” There is nothing more disheartening than seeing those doors close when you know the person inside heard you and allowed the door to close.

Many spouses are living in this reality, screaming for the Elevator Door of love, affection, communication, sex, trust, kindness, and faith to remain open, but all they are met with are closed doors. Are you holding the door open so your marriage can put its Love On Top? If you are not meeting your spouse’s needs, being present in and committed to your marriage, or being intimate and communicating with your spouse then you have closed your elevator doors.

Open your elevator doors today by first apologizing to your spouse for your wrong behavior, and then tell them how you plan to change and be different going forward, and finally make a new commitment with one another. You have to hold the elevator door open no matter how long it takes so that your spouse can always feel that you to are on and connected.

Closed Door = Love on Bottom! Closed doors mean no access. Many of you have denied your spouse access to you and to a great marriage. There is literally a Do Not Disturb sign over your heart right now. Many of you are in the off position and you have a sign on your elevator doors that says, OUT OF ORDER! A closed door means a closed marriage and it means love that is on the bottom and not on top. You cannot not get to the top being closed off.

Love On Top Assignment: Define how you will turn your marriage On this week. Talk with your spouse about how you can get your marriage moving to the top and staying in the On position. Finally, discover what keeps you and your spouse from opening the doors to your marriage.

 

*By Contributing Blog Writer Evang Tashara Luster

LOVE ON TOP SERIES

“You Are Either Taking Your Marriage UP or DOWN!”

            In this new series, we will explore what it means to put our Love On Top. Most marriages are in a state of living their love life at the bottom of the barrel & at the bottom level. Just like in the natural, up and down are polar opposites. They are so extreme that you cannot be going up and down at the same time. You are either moving up or you are moving down, there is no gray area when it comes to this. Is your marriage moving Up or Down?

The word Up is defined as moving towards an elevated position, it is moving towards a higher place and position, it is going from a lower position or place to a greater position or place. Up is an increase, when you are up to something in your marriage then you are informed, familiar, and aware!

The Up Questions of Marriage: Are you taking your marriage from a low level to a high level in love? Are you moving upwards towards an elevated place of intimacy in your marriage? When was the last time you increased the connection in your marriage? Are you informed, familiar, and aware of what is going on with your spouse and in your marriage?

The word Down is defined as descending in direction and order. Down is the position of the bottom, the floor, and the ground. It is something without height or elevation. When something is down, it is of low rate, priority, and value. Down is a low position and place that is down in the dumps, which causes you to be downcast, depressed and dejected.

The Down Questions of Marriage: You would not even eat something that is on the ground, the floor, or at the bottom, so why is your marriage at the lowest part that something can be? Why are you unwilling to get off the ground and the floor of your marriage? Why is your marriage going in a downward spiral, and why is it out of order? How did you get to this down state in your marriage? Why do you have a low rate, low priority, and low value attitude towards your marriage? Why are you so downcast, depressed, and dejected as it relates to your marriage?

What Button Do You Push Most Often in Marriage, UP or DOWN?

It is a “love choice” every day that you make as it relates to either taking your marriage up or down. It is a “love choice” and it is not based on circumstances. Your life’s circumstance and situations may seem down, but you don’t have to allow your marriage to be in a down state. You have to get to a place that you always choose the up button as it relates to your marriage.

How can we make a love choice every day to push the Up button? First, you must realize that choosing the up button is based on choosing love every day. If you have decided to love, then you have decided to push the up button. Love and pushing the up button is about sacrifice! Let’s break down LOVE as it relates to going up or down.

Up Love is “L” Loyalty! Loyalty is an undying commitment to remain faithful, honest, true, and loving to your spouse. Loyalty causes you to make your spouse a priority. Loyalty causes you to have a marriage that functions at its optimum level. Your marriage can’t exist or even go up without loyalty. Loyalty is committed to do the real and hard work of marriage.

Down Love is “L” Lies & Laziness! If you are not loyal and moving up, then you are moving down because of lies and laziness. This is where the downward spiral and disorder of your marriage comes from. When you lie in your marriage then you are not a promise keeper, remember those vows and promises you made on your wedding day? You have to be a promise keeper to your vows in your marriage. You are going down in your marriage because you have become lazy about love, romance, commitment, effort, and giving your best.

Up Love is “O” Openness! You have to be open to new things, open to change, and open to being a better spouse. You have to keep an open mind when it comes to your marriage. You can’t be closed minded and move up in your marriage. When something is open, then it is accessible, you have to be accessible to your spouse, you have to give them unrestricted access to all of you.

Down Love is “O” Oppressive! If you are not open and accessible to your mate, then you are oppressive to them. To be oppressive is to be burdensome, harsh, to be a tyrant, to always want your way, and never consider the feelings of your spouse. You are a discomfort to your spouse because you are intolerable, intense, and selfish. These behaviors will always take your marriage down quickly.

Up Love is “V” Vision! A marriage can always move higher and elevate when there is a vision for where it is going. You have to have a vision for where your marriage is going; this is your future and destiny. A vision keeps your eyes on the future and not on your past, or your spouse’s past. When there is a vision, you are able to have a blueprint of love for your future. A great vision to have is to Celebrate Life, Love, Destiny, & God!

Down Love “V” Vicious & Vindictive! If you don’t have a marital vision, then you are held in the grip of the past and this causes you to be vicious and vindictive to your spouse. All manner of being vicious and vindictive is rooted in unforgiveness and bitterness. Nothing takes you down quicker or faster than unforgiveness and bitterness. Marriage is not about an eye for an eye, but rather grace for grace.

Up Love “E” Eternal Embrace! Moving up and putting your love on top causes you to have great physical intimacy. An intimacy that can only be described as eternal embrace. An eternal embrace is beyond the temporary times of life, but rather it is a daily and life-long commitment to having emotional intimacy, verbal intimacy, sexual intimacy, and self-awareness. If you want to elevate your marriage, then elevate your embrace of intimacy.

Down Love “E” Excessive Expectations! You take your marriage down when you have excessive expectations, needs, and requests. Your spouse is Not to Be Your Joy, but Share In your Joy! You have placed too many demands on your spouse, yes, they are to meet your reasonable needs, but they are not God by which they are to fulfill you in every area of your life. Even before you talk with your spouse, you must first evaluate if the need you have is within reason to even request from your spouse. Sometimes, a need is unmet in a marriage because it is unrealistic. Most unrealistic needs are actually fantasies. A fantasy is something that is unachievable. You will know if your need is unrealistic if you know you could not provide “it” if your spouse requested it from you, and if you have to go looking elsewhere for “it” to happen.

Get Off the Ground Floor and Stop Just Pressing the * 1 Button

ground             This is ground level, everyone starts here, and some never get beyond this point in their marriage. It is the most often pushed/used button on an elevator. You have become complacent in your marriage when all you do is push the 1-button. It takes you nowhere, it is status quo and it is mediocre. You have to make yourself put forth a plan to get your marriage off the ground, off the floor, and out from the bottom. You have to finally put your Love on Top! You can’t have LOVE (Loyalty, Openness, Vision, & Eternal Embrace) if you are stuck on button 1 at ground floor and bottom level. This keeps your marriage in a down state when you only press the 1-button and never the PH (Penthouse) button.

You Have to Put Your Love On Top… Push the PH (PENTHOUSE) Button

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            The Penthouse is the top and highest level. If you want to Put Your LOVE (Loyalty, Openness, Vision, & Eternal Embrace) on Top, then you have to daily press the PH button. You have to make sacrifices and be dedicated in order to have a Penthouse Marriage. Your love is limitless at the Penthouse level. Your mate deserves to have a penthouse spouse and a penthouse marriage. It takes prayer, patience, persistence, practice, and purpose to sustain a penthouse kind of love. So, if your want to put your Love On Top, the Press the PH (Penthouse) button! You can’t put your Love On Top if you are not willing to press!

You have to Press to Put Love On Top!

*By  Contributing Blog Writer Evang Tashara Luster

Make Every Day Valentine’s Day

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“One Day Of Romance Is Not Enough!”
Now, I am not talking about the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, but rather the vulnerable expressions of love between a loving couple. It is not about giving gifts, but rather about being a gift to your spouse. Your spouse should be able to unwrap the daily gift of love that you are to them. Do you look like a gift to your spouse? Are you pleasant, kind, loving, supportive, and respectful?
I have to caution all the women who put unrealistic expectations on this day and make this day more or greater than the relationship itself. Don’t use this day to “test” your significant other’s love for you and the relationship. Don’t punish your man if he does not turn into Casanova for this one day. Don’t let one day be the “end of days” of your relationship. Instead, focus on celebrating the day in love and renewing your commitment to one another.
Have a Valentine’s Day Attitude Every Day. Set your mind and thoughts to look to the ways of pleasing, loving, and being supportive to your mate. Make sure your words and thoughts are not constantly negative, but rather you think positively about your mate and your relationship. How you behave is everything to making your relationship a success.
Have a Valentine’s Day Atmosphere Every Day. The same way that the actual day of Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th) is set with romance and love, you can set this atmosphere in your marriage. It is not about a day, but about setting the atmosphere to love and be connected on a daily basis. One definition of the word atmosphere is air or climate. What is the air and climate of your marriage? Is it nice, pleasant, calm, and peaceful? Or, is it hell, stormy, and full of resentment? You decide on a daily basis what air and climate your marriage will be by what you are willing to sacrifice for it.
Have a Valentine’s Day of Affection Every Day. You have to have action! Love is a verb and you must show it every day regardless of how you feel. L.O.V.E. (Living On Valid Evidence)! You have to have daily evidence of your love. Take time every day to appreciate your spouse and to love them more than you did the day before. Love doesn’t just happen… it is a choice!
If you are in fact struggling on what to get your special someone on Valentine’s Day then here are some suggestions. Please note that the best gifts to give are “Listening Gifts!”  Listening Gifts are things that your mate has mentioned to you that mean a lot to them, that they want or desire, and things that they wish you would buy or do for them. I hope you have been listening when your spouse has been talking. Listening to your spouse about their needs, wants, and expectations is your greatest ally and asset!
Date Ideas:
·         A Romantic Dinner
·         Watch Your Favorite Movie
·         Watch Your Wedding Video
·         Renew Your Vows
·         Cook Dinner Together
·         Go On A Carriage Ride
·         Do A Love Scavenger Hunt
·         Go Dancing
·         Fly to Another City
·         Take A Helicopter Ride Over the City
·         Go to A Play
·         Take A Cooking Class Together
·         Take A Painting Class Together
·         Take A Pottery Class Together
Gift Ideas:
·         Love Coupons
·         Spa Day
·         Jewelry
·         Perfume or Cologne
·         Shopping Spree
·         Flowers
·         Balloons
·         Candy
·         Card/Love Letter/Poem
·         Scrap Book of Your Life & Marriage
·         Lingerie
·         Candles
·         Homemade Gift
·         Edible Arrangement
 
Right now, it may be hard for some to imagine making Valentine’s Day an Every Day Affair, so let’s start simple. What will you do with the rest of the 14 days of this month? Yes, I want to put you and your spouse on a 14-Day Love Challenge! For the next fourteen (14) days, I want you to be infatuated with, be in love with, fall in love again, talk to, date, and give your all to your spouse and marriage.
February 14th-28th Love Challenge:
Day #1 Pray Together
Day #2 Have Coffee Together
Day #3 Take A Walk Together
Day #4 Write Each Other A Love Letter
Day #5 Take Pictures Together (Couple & Family Photos)
Day #6 Send Each Other A Loving Text
Day #7 Take A Bath or Shower Together
Day # 8 Go Out to Dinner with Another Couple
Day #9 Share A Dessert
Day #10 Get A Couples Massage
Day #11 Take A Mini-Vacation/Romantic Getaway Together (weekend)
Day #12 Cook Dinner Together
Day #13 Read the Song of Songs (Solomon)
Day #14 Make A Commitment to Say I Love You Every Day, and to show your love to your spouse

 

*By Contributing Writer Evang Tashara Luster