|The HME industry, thanks to the active grassroots coalitions in nearly every state across the country, has reached the next success benchmark in the effort to stop competitive bidding. As reported last week, Reps. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) have introduced H.R. 5210, which is the House companion bill to S. 2736. The main objective of these bills is to freeze Medicare reimbursements at their current rates in order to delay the approaching July 1 cuts until October 2017. The bills also offer much needed reforms and additional transparency to the Competitive Bidding Program until a long-term solution can be passed.
The bills continue to gain support as H.R. 5210 gained 44 co-sponsors just a short time after its introduction. S. 2736 has continued to gather additional co-sponsors as well since its introduction, with total of 26. Visit the VGM Action Center to see if your members are sponsoring these bills, and continue to check back as these numbers increase:
S. 2736 co-sponsor list – Recently added – Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Roy Blunt (R-MO).
H.R. 5210 co-sponsor list – Recently added – Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Tom Marino (R-PA), and Andy Barr (R-KY).
We expect these numbers to continue to grow as the industry and providers continue to stay engaged with the members of their congressional delegation. In the past few months, there have been over 4,000 messages sent to members in 38 different states. This is a crucial time to ensure that these bills make it through Congress and on to the President’s desk, and we need your help to do it.
The simple steps you can take to get involved and make a difference:
Please take the time to visit the VGM Action Center and send a message to your members of Congress. Most importantly, urge all of your employees, friends and family to also take action by sharing this link: http://goo.gl/frWu0D
You can also reach your friends on social media by clicking here; like and share our post on the VGM Government Relations page.
Also, take the opportunity to educate your patients on the matters of the flawed Competitive Bidding Program, and direct them to visit the website of People for Quality Care: http://cqrcengage.com/peopleforqualitycare/. People for Quality Care has resources that your patients can utilize to make sure they have a say in their health care.
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