Twenty-seven groups support bid bill

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has released a sign-on letter with 27 HME stakeholder groups officially endorsing H.R. 2771, a bill that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

The association developed the letter to support the bill’s lead sponsors Reps. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, as they circulate a “Dear Colleague” letter asking for co-sponsors for H.R. 2771 and work to move the bill forward.

“Over the last few years, Congress and CMS have made significant changes to the DME benefit in Medicare to address serious access issues derived from the DMEPOS competitive bidding program,” sates the stakeholder letter. “Your legislation will continue this effort and protect Medicare beneficiaries’ access to the DME they need.”

The letter is signed by NCART, NRRTS, AARC, CQRC, several state HME associations and others.

H.R. 2771, which 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, currently has 43 co-sponsors.

AAHomecare recently 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.

The association is encouraging providers to use the stakeholder letter in their outreach to lawmakers.