New Bidding Reforms Gaining Congressional Support

House legislation starts strong out of the gate, Senate bill starts picking up co-sponsors.

Two new competitive bidding reform bills introduced into the House and the Senate at the start of the 114th Congress are already starting to pick up steam by adding Congressional co-sponsors.

Last week, Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and John Larson (D-Conn.), both members of the House Ways and Means Committee launched H.R. 284, and Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced S. 148 into their respective chambers of Congress. Together, the companion pieces of legislation are known as the Medicare Competitive Bidding Improvement Act (MCBIA), and they both require bidders to obtain surety bonds that would force contract winners to live up to the amounts the bid in the program.

At a little over a week old, H.R. 284 has already picked up 34 co-sponsors. They are:

 

Rep. Mark E. Amodei (Nev.)
Rep. Lou Barletta (Pa.)
Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (Fla.)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (Fla.)
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)
Rep. Tom Emmer (Minn.)
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (Va.)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (Ohio)
Rep. Richard L. Hanna (N.Y.)
Rep. Gregg Harper (Miss.)
Rep. Bill Johnson (Ohio)
Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (Ga.)
Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio)
Rep. David P. Joyce (Ohio)
Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa.)
Rep. James R. Langevin (R.I.)
Rep. John B. Larson (Conn.)

Rep. David Loebsack (Iowa)
Rep. Candice S. Miller (Mich.)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (Texas)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (Miss.)
Rep. Collin C. Peterson (Minn.)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine)
Rep. David P. Roe (Tenn.)
Rep. Todd Rokita (Ind.)
Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio)
Rep. David Scott (Ga.)
Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (N.Y.)
Rep. Steve Stivers (Ohio)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (Pa.)
Rep. Scott R. Tipton (Colo.)
Rep. Niki Tsongas (Mass.)
Rep. Jackie Walorski (Ind.)
Rep. Daniel Webster (Fla.)

While not off to the same strong start as its House companion, S. 148’s newly gained backers are significant, because they represent the first real demonstration of support for bid reform in the Senate. Then current backers for S. 148 are:

Sen. Michael F. Bennet (Colo.)
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (Md.)
Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr. (Pa.)
Sen. John Hoeven (N.D.)

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

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