H.R. 5210 Skirting 100 Backers

The House PADME legislation now claims 97 co-sponsors; industry’s 30-day lobbying push continues.

The PADME advocacy push has been paying off. In the 30-day run up to the July 1 implementation of national bidding expansion’s full reimbursement cuts for providers in non-bidding areas, the industry has been engaged in a concerted lobbying effort to advance the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016, House and Senate legislation that would delay the cuts and reform the expansion in several ways.

For the month of June, the American Association for Homecare, state associations, HME providers and various industry stakeholders have been calling on lawmakers to support H.R. 5210 and S.2736.

The effort has seen success in the House so far. Introduced by Reps. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.), H.R. 5210 has picked up some momentum and is now at 97 co-sponsors in the House.

And a considerable amount of that support has occurred in the first weeks of June. Since the May 25-26 Washington Legislative Conference, a whopping 25 lawmakers attached their names to the bill this month:

Rep. Erik Paulsen (Minn.)
Rep. Paul Cook (Calif.)
Rep. Mike D. Rogers (Ala.)
Rep. Frank C. Guinta (N.H.)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (Texas)
Rep. Bruce Westerman (Ark.)
Rep. David Young (Iowa)
Rep. Joseph J. Heck (Nev.)
Rep. Robert Pittenger (N.C.)
Rep. Scott H. Peters (Calif.)
Rep. James R. Langevin (R.I.)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kans.)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Utah)
Rep. Alexander X. Mooney (W.Va.)
Rep. Matt Cartwright (Penn.)
Rep. Sean P. Duffy (Wis.)
Rep. Evan H. Jenkins (W.Va.)
Rep. David B. McKinley (W.Va.)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (Texas)
Rep. Rick W. Allen (Ga.)
Rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.)
Rep. Harold Rogers (Ken.)
Rep. Tom Graves (Ga.)
Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.)

That list does not include five additional lawmakers whose names were added to the list of H.R.5210’s backers during the conference.

In the upper chamber, the Senate counterpart legislation, S.2736 — introduced into the Senate by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) — was hovering at 29 co-sponsors. The two most recent Senators to attach their name to that legislation while the Washington Legislative Conference was in process were Sens. Tammy Balwdin (Wis.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.).

About the Author

David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/dkopf/ and on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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