Congress Returns to the Hill — and so Does Industry

As HME advocates work to reform competitive bidding expansion, AAHomecare urges providers to assist those efforts

Congress reconvened this week after its seven-plus week recess, and the industry has joined lawmakers on the Hill to introduce and approve legislation that would reform the national expansion of competitive bidding.

That said, Congress has several issues to address, such as developing budget legislation that would raise the debt ceiling in order to avoid a government shutdown. Such legislation could make it difficult for the industry to get its voice heard about the din of September’s short legislative cycle. 

AAHomecare noted that if Congress’s “failure to provide additional funding for Zika-prevention is a harbinger of what’s to come, it will again be a very contentious month on Capitol Hill.

That’s an important consideration given that on two occasions leading up to summer, the industry successfully advanced such legislation, but completely unforeseen legislative flukes forced the industry and supporting lawmakers to go back to the drawing board.

“Our legislative team and other leading HME stakeholders are ready for an intense period of engagement with our Congressional champions, key committee staffers, and targeted House and Senate offices — but they need your help to make a strong case for rural relief legislation in the coming weeks,” an AAHomecare statement read.

The association recently outlined some key ways providers can help support the September legislative push. 

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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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