CQRC applauds committee’s approval of oxygen bill

Thursday, September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care commended the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for passing H.R. 8158, a bill that would amend both the Social Security Act and the 1997 Balanced Budget Act to waive the budget neutrality offset for stationary oxygen products. “The continued application of the budget neutrality provision has led to troublingly low rates for oxygen supplies and equipment in rural and suburban areas, which if not addressed, threatens to force some suppliers out of the market, especially in rural areas, at a time when these critically needed supplies are in high demand,” said Crispin Teufel, CQRC chairman. “By eliminating the budget neutrality requirement, Congress has the opportunity to modernize the Medicare program and protect beneficiaries’ access to home respiratory care.”