FUND CONTRIBUTION LEVELS
All Legislative Fund Contributors will be listed on the PAMES’ Legislative Page. Level assignments are good for one year from the date the application is received (an application must be received for all levels and amounts are considered payable in full for the entire year). No refunds are given for partial use and/or cancellation of program(s).
The 21st Century Cures Act was just passed in the House of Representatives by a landslide vote (392 to 26). This was a much larger bill that focused on many healthcare issues from Cancer Research to Mental Health Reform and many other items. Given our tremendous CRT bi-partisan support across congress, language was included in this bill to delay CRT accessory code cuts for another 6 months in order to enact a permanent fix in the 1st half of next year. Additionally, retroactive language was included for rural relief of DME products/services which will benefit us dating back to July 1st of this year.
This bill will now go to the Senate and our expectation is that it will pass. The White House has already issued a letter of support for this bill which is also great. We expect this will become law by Mid-December.
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PAMES is on road again! Legislative visits to discuss S.2736 with Rep. Schrader, Rep. Blumenauer and Sen Wyden
PAMES and Oregon DMEPOS providers along with VGM and AA Home Care had meetings at the Oregon City district office of Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Then the group traveled to Portland where they met with staff of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, as well as Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee.
We had very productive meetings that should forward our progress and gather support along with our industry partners, members and advocates to ensure that providers maintain the ability to provide quality health care to their patients.
Now is time for you to do your part! Send a message to your members of Congress to support legislation, including S. 2736, that will freeze the July cuts in order for a long-term solution to be implemented! Go to www.pames.org to send a message to your members of Congress!
DME Suppliers host key meetings with Energy and Commerce committee members Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA) and Larry Bucshon (IN)
Peaks & Plains Medical hosted a wonderful event with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers at their Spokane, Washington office. Yesterday, over a dozen providers across the state were able to attend which was a strong showing of support
to direct towards the Congresswoman. With this support Rep. McMorris-Rodgers took great interest in signing on to the H.R. 3229 CRT bill, which will exclude CRT accessory items from competitive bidding. A big shout-out to those in
attendance for showing just how important these issues are to the industry!
Vice President of Peaks & Plains, Leigh McNellis, reports back that the Congresswoman was very supportive about the issues that providers had brought to her. “Washington Providers were given a renewed sense of hope to have Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers’ support on keeping access to medical equipment and supplies to rural Washington clients with an engaging discussion of the issues at hand,” said McNellis.
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