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HME Bill in the House Continues to Gain Co-sponsors

The Patient Access for Durable Medical equipment bill H.R. 5210 picked up 15 co-sponsors this week and its companion Senate bill S.2736 added two more co-sponsors. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) were added today (not yet indicated on the map).

Click here to see the list of co-sponsors for H.R.5210.

Click here to see the list of co-sponsors for S.2736.

Many meetings are scheduled next week during the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference. Face-to-face conversations are what these legislators need to drive them to sign on to the bill. We are looking forward to seeing these numbers go up next week.

Now is the time for grassroots efforts! Please don’t just sit on the sidelines. We need everyone asking their legislators to sign on to these bills. There are many ways to get the attention of your members of Congress.

  • Call their offices to set up meetings. It may not be with the legislators themselves, but their staffs are usually more informed about the issues. It is the responsibility of the staffs to keep their bosses informed of constituents’ issues.
  • Attend town hall events near you. Make sure you get time to address the legislators on your issue. Simply ask them, “Do you plan on signing onto bill____, which will help medical equipment providers continue to provide much needed care for patients at home?” Be prepared to briefly explain why this bill is so important to you and the patients your serve. Visit your legislators’ websites to view up-coming town hall events.
  • Call their Washington D.C. offices. You will likely speak with a staff member. Again, be prepared. Ask them to have their bosses sign on to the appropriate bill, and briefly explain why this is so important to you and the patients you serve. The Capitol Switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Ask for your legislator’s office.
  • Send an email. Simply click here, enter your information, and an email will be sent to your member of Congress.
  • Also, take the opportunity to educate your patients on the matters of the flawed Competitive Bidding Program, and direct them to visit 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.

Change will not occur if you don’t take action! Please encourage your friends and co-workers to also take action. You can reach your friends on social media by clicking here by like and share our post on the VGM Government Relations page.

We’re here to help! Please call or email Emily Harken if you need any assistance: Emily.harken@vgm.com or 866-512-8465.