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Post-Election Efforts- DME Advocates Storm the Hill

16 meetings in two days! John Gallagher and Tom Powers of VGM as well as Thad Connally from First Choice Home Medical and Tom Ryan and Jay Witter of AAHomecare attended many key meetings in an effort to push for a 12-month delay on the rural rollout. CRT issues were also a topic of discussion as the industry works on extending the delay of including CRT accessories into competitive bidding.

Monday night, Tom Powers attended a meeting with the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee- Rep. Frank Pallone. Ranking Member Pallone’s position on House E & C committee is key to getting any DME and CRT bills passed before the end of the year. Tom said it was a very positive meeting. Pallone and his staff have heard from many of their constituents about the issues and seem dedicated to helping when the opportunity presents itself.

Tom also met with the offices of Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA), newly elected Senator of Illinois Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Jenkins, Loebsack and Duckworth have been supportive of our efforts in the past and continue to reach out to Congressman Price’s office to see how they can help.  Duckworth becoming a new addition to the Senate builds strength to our forces. Tom said the staff he spoke reports that Capitol Hill is still preparing for the next Congress and Trump administration and doesn’t feel many actions will occur until after Thanksgiving.

On Tuesday group met with the offices of Sen. Thune (R-SD), Sen. Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Hatch (R-UT), Sen. McConnell (R-KY), Rep. Price (R-GA), Rep. McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Noem (R-SD), Rep. Blum (R-IA). Thanks to the efforts of Thad Connally, the group will be meeting with much of Kentucky’s delegation today; Sen. Paul, Rep. Guthrie, Rep. Barr, Chairman Hall Rogers-Chairman of House Appropriations.

Both John and Tom both said they are hearing that the House is wanting to adjourn shortly after they complete a clean Continuing Resolution; this would push any legislation from moving until February or March and would not be good for our efforts. On the other hand, the Senate is not as anxious to adjourn. They are wanting to get something passed during the lame duck, likely through an omnibus bill.  If the doesn’t adjourn, the House would also have to stick around.

Grassroots efforts are needed! We need strong voices to continue to push legislation to be resolved by the end of the year. Please continue to reach out to your members of Congress.