Draft of bid relief bill circulates

Friday, October 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has released draft language of a bill that would provide relief from the competitive bidding program in non-bid areas and would address a “double-dip” cut on oxygen, according to AAHomecare. The legislation would extend a retroactive delay of a second round of reimbursement cuts in non-bid areas from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2019. Per the legislation, reimbursement for that period would be based on reimbursement on Jan. 1, 2016. The legislative would also remedy rate cuts caused by the misapplication of a 2006 budget neutrality offset balancing increased utilization for oxygen generating portable equipment with lower reimbursement for stationary equipment.
 Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, has signed on to join McMorris Rodgers as the lead Democratic sponsor for the legislation.