FAMED hires first lobbyist

Thursday, January 31, 2002

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Association of Medical Equipment Dealers (FAMED) plans to hire its first-ever lobbyist to help track state legislative issues.

"Too often by the time we hear about some of these things they have unfortunately already been legislated," said Bob Lichtenstein, FAMED v.p.

At about $2,000 a month, a lobbyist will be well worth the investment if he can help head off cuts in reimbursement or other legislation that hobble the HMEs ability to do business, Liechtenstein said.

As an example, he pointed to the state's plan to implement Medicaid competitive bidding, which surprised FAMED. HME