Champions re-double efforts on bid relief

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, have sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to their peers in the House of Representatives urging them to co-sponsor H.R. 2771, the Protecting Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment Act of 2019.

The letter states that the relief provided by CMS last year was due to the high level of Congressional support for H.R. 4229, similar legislation introduced in 2017 that had 53 original co-sponsors.

“We urge you to co-sponsor important legislation that will continue this effort and will protect Medicare beneficiaries’ access to durable medical equipment,” states the letter.

H.R. 2771, which currently has 40 co-sponsors, would make permanent a 50-50 blended reimbursement rate in rural areas and would introduce a 75-25 rate for non-rural, non-bid areas.

Last week, AAHomecare issued a challenge to the HME industry, asking them to contact House members who co-sponsored H.R. 4229 in the last Congressional session and ask them to sign onto H.R. 2771.