HME Business: Two More Lawmakers back MPP Bill

After adding two more lawmakers before the New Year, support for H.R. 1717, the bill that would replace CMS’s competitive bidding program with the industry’s market pricing program (MPP), has grown by another two congress members.

The bill, introduced into the House by HME industry ally Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as the Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013, now has signatures from a total of 166 co-sponsors in the House.

The two new supports for the bill are Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), who came in over the past eight days. The lawmakers’ signatures to support the bill exemplify the momentum H.R. 1717 has gained over the past few months.

That momentum has been due to continued grassroots lobbying by the industry, efforts by state and national associations, and work by lawmakers themselves.

Tom Ryan, president of the American Association for Homecare, and Jay Witter, vice president of government affairs for AAHomecare, met with Rep. Price (to discuss the MPP, and Peter Rankin, the association’s manager of government affairs met with Reps. Doug LaMalfa (D-Calif.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Marc Veasey (D-Texas) concerning the MPP, as well.

Also, Rep. Price spoke to attendees of a Washington policy briefing, as well as member of the House Ways & Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee to discuss the competitive bidding program’s many flaws and why the MPP needed to be implemented.

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