Legislative Conference Generated 225 Congressional Meetings

Providers, advocates attending last week’s Washington Legislative Conference urged lawmakers to support rural bid reform.

During last week's Washington Legislative Conference, providers and other advocates met with more than 225 legislators and staff to discuss the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment (PADME) Act of 2016 and other industry priority issues.

During the first day of the American Association for Homecare’s conference, attendees listened to various speakers who provided issue education to help attendees prepare for their meetings.

Keynoting the event was Peter Thomas, of the ITEM Coalition, who announced that the ITEM Coalition supports, PADME.  The ITEM Coalition represents more than 70 consumer groups, and has a well respected voice on The Hill, according to AAHomecare. 

Congressional speakers included Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) who argued that national bid expansion’s pending July 1 cuts will hurt patients and providers. The lawmakers also provided tips for speaking with members of Congress and their staff about the pending legislation.

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