Independent providers in Burlington, Iowa had the opportunity to meet with H.R. 5210 Democratic lead, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) this week to discuss how the 2016 reimbursement cuts have impacted their business. The meeting was hosted by Lelia Wilkerson of Heritage Medical Equipment & Supplies and another independent provider were in attendance, along with multiple beneficiaries.
The Congressman remained committed to rallying more Democratic support as a lead sponsor of H.R. 5210. Providers shared the realities that are facing their business and what that will mean for beneficiaries in need of equipment. As reported in The Hawkeye, “The business has been covering the portion of costs for oxygen, CPAP and BiPAP machines, wheelchairs and hospital beds for Medicare beneficiaries’ since the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service cut funding for home medical equipment by 25 to 30 percent last January. On July 1, CMS cut funding for those products again, decreasing funding for those products by a total of 50 to 80 percent in six months.”
Beneficiaries had the opportunity to discuss what being forced without the equipment would mean for their daily lives. These stories and examples left a meaningful impact as the meeting concluded. Tom Powers and Jay Kopriva of VGM travelled down for the meeting and were very pleased that Rep. Loebsack remains committed to being a part of the bipartisan effort moving forward in the House to get this legislation passed.