H.R. 1041 Reaches 137 Backers
Pace in gaining co-sponsors for bid-repeal bill ticks down.
- By David Kopf
- Jul 14, 2011
H.R. 1041, the House bill introduced by Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) that calls for the repeal of the bid program, has seen a slow-down in gaining support, since HMEB’s last update. Since our June 21 report, the bill has gained eight additional co-sponsors, bringing the total to 137.
The most recent crop of lawmakers to join supporters of competitive bidding repeal are:
- Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)
- Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.)
- Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.)
- Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.)
- Rep. William Keating (D-Mass.)
- Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.)
- Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.)
The slow-down in gaining co-sponsors can most likely be tied to Congress’s and the Executive’s debate regarding the budget and the debt ceiling.
That said, both national and state industry associations have called on providers to redouble their efforts to lobby on behalf of H.R. 1041.
David Kopf is the Editor of HME Business.