Ohio lawmakers to CBO: Score MPP

Friday, February 22, 2013

WASHINGTON – In letters this month, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and a group of 11 congressmen from the state urged the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score the market-pricing program (MPP). In the letters, lawmakers expressed concern about the Round 2 expansion of competitive bidding. “Without considerable changes to the program, we have reservations about the ability of CMS to expand the program while maintaining beneficiary access and quality,” the congressmen stated in their letter. The congressmen also stated that they believe MPP could rectify some of the problems with the current program: “We believe the MPP presents a sustainable, budget-neutral alternative based upon sound economic principles embraced by auction experts nationwide.”