H.R. 2771 Picks Up Additional Co-Sponsors

September legislative push pays off with nine additional lawmakers singing their names to the bill that would bring permanent rural and non-bid area relief.

A September legislative effort launched by the American Association for Homecare to drive support for H.R. 2771 has convinced nine additional Representatives to co-sponsor the bill, bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 43 lawmakers.

Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) have launched H.R. 2771, bipartisan legislation in the House that aims to extend rural and non-bid area relief, as well as protect oxygen funding.

Dubbed the Protecting Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment Act of 2019, the bill would:

  • Permanently implement the blended, 50/50 rural relief rate after 2020.
  • Provides additional relief for non-rural, non-bid areas with a 75/25 blended rate (75 percent competitive bidding rates and 25 percent unadjusted fee schedule rates).
  • Remove the budget neutrality offset for oxygen that was implemented in 2017.

In related news, AAHomecare has launched an industry sign-on letter with 27 HME national, regional and state organizations officially endorsing H.R. 2771. A statement from AAHomecare noted the letter was developed to assist H.R. 2771’s lead sponsors, Reps. McMorris Rodgers and Loebsack, in their efforts to build additional co-sponsor support.

“You can also use the letter in your grassroots outreach to Capitol Hill healthcare legislative staff,” AAHomecare’s statement read. “… Let’s keep the pressure on!”

About the Author

David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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