March 9, 2017 Van’s Medical Equipment associates participated in the Annual Legislative Day sponsored by Michigan Homecare & Hospice Association. Our group met at the State Capital Building in Lansing, Michigan. The reception was held for members of the Michigan Legislature and Executive Branch. We met with our district Representative Kim LaSata and Trenton Miller, Constituent Services Director for Senator John Proos. Our message? Medicaid DME reimbursement fees are too low with many item fees below our cost. We shared our experiences and what we are seeing as providers: (patients are going without, patient cannot stay in their homes or patients being readmitted to the hospital). We emphasized, legislators need to know Homecare services & Home DME saves money! We invited them to our DME store to meet with us and meet some of our patients to discuss how the low reimbursement and regulations are affecting them. Both representatives were attentive to our concerns and stated it was a good time for discussion as Michigan reviews the Governor’s Budget Recommendation.