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VGM brings D.C. to Heartland Conference

On Tuesday, June 14, the Small Business Administration’s Deputy Ombudsman Yolanda Swift will be participating in a panel discussion during VGM’s Heartland Conference.

The discussion will begin at 1:00 p.m. in rooms 12-13 and will provide conference attendees an opportunity to hear about the advocacy wing of the SBA and how they help small businesses work through regulatory burdens.

“We are especially fortunate this year to present a panel discussion with the Small Business Administration’s Deputy Ombudsman, Yolanda Swift,” said John Gallagher, VGM’s vice president of Government Relations. “Attendees will learn about the resources available to help their business and hear about the SBA’s efforts on DMEPOS issues on Capitol Hill and with CMS.”

Throughout the year, VGM has been coordinating members to testify during the Small Business Administration’s regional regulatory fairness hearings. To date, more than 60 providers have joined the fight and voiced their concerns about issues facing the HME industry, including access in rural areas, competitive bidding, audits and other regulatory obstacles. By sharing their concerns, HME providers hope to convince the SBA staff of their dire issues and to take these concerns to the people who have the power to make changes: CMS and HHS.

Before the SBA panel discussion, attendees can get an in-depth update on current legislative activities when Gallagher, Cara Bachenheimer of Invacare and Jay Witter of AAHomecare provide a status of DMEPOS legislation and explain how attendees can play a crucial role in the strength and security of the industry moving forward.  The Legislative Update session will take place Tuesday, June 14 at 11:15 a.m. in room 21.