Push to Advance H.R. 6641 Begins
AAHomecare offers resources to help providers lobby lawmakers to co-sponsor new legislation that aims to improve DMEPOS reimbursement.
Now that legislation to address insufficient reimbursement has debuted in the House of Representatives, the American Association for Homecare is calling on industry stakeholders to aid in the effort to get co-sponsors for the bill.
Earlier this week, Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) launched H.R. 6641, aka The DMEPOS Relief Act of 2022, which would apply 90/10 blended Medicare reimbursement for items in the 13 product categories CMS did not award contracts for in Round 2021 of competitive bidding. The increased rates would apply to claims from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2023.
Initial lobbying prior to the bill’s release helped secure Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Fred Keller (R-Pa.), Frank Mrvan (D-Ind.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) as original co-sponsors. The effort to drive more co-sponsors is underway.
“As with our efforts to secure original co-sponsors, a brief, personally drafted email to your Representative’s staffer who deals with health care issues is the most effective initial step you can take in this process,” a statement from AAHomecare read. “If you had previously reached out to your legislator to ask that they join as an original co-sponsor, you can simply forward your earlier email adding that the bill has been dropped (including bill number and name) and asking that their office sign on as a co-sponsor.”
To help HME advocates, the association has posted resources and messaging, as well as an updated Issue Brief to its Campaign Central page. Additionally, AAHomecare’s Action Center lets providers send a pre-drafted message to lawmakers.
“This legislation gives us an opportunity to bring Medicare reimbursements rates closer in line with the market realities facing the HME industry,” AHomecare’s statement read. “AAHomecare will continue to provide intelligence, messaging, and motivation to help the HME community make its strongest grassroots push to date — and we need everyone on board. The game is on! It’s time to fight, and it’s time to win!”