Stop the Medicare Bidding Program from Hurting Seniors in Small Towns and Rural America
These drastic reductions will impact small businesses and communitues nationwide!
On January 1, 2016, government-mandated cuts for a broad range of home medical equipment will go into effect in small towns and rural areas across the country.
Expanding Medicare bidding rates to rural America – and cutting payments to home medical equipment suppliers by an average of 45 percent – will be a devastating development for homecare providers and patients alike.
In light of this action by Medicare, your congressional representatives need to hear from every home medical equipment provider and every Medicare patient about the effects of this latest round of cuts on America’s homecare infrastructure.
S. 2312, the DME Access and Stabilization Act, recently introduced in the U.S. Senate, and new House companion legislation H.R. 4185, the Protecting Access through Competitive-pricing Transition (PACT) Act, both recognize the unique challenges and expense associated with serving patients in less-densely populated areas nationwide, and lessen the impact of the proposed cuts and helping keep rural home medical equipment providers from closing their doors or reducing the range of products they offer.
Please send a letter to your Senators and Representatives urging them to stop these rate cuts before they cause further harm to Medicare beneficiaries, small businesses, and the areas of the healthcare infrastructure that take care of seniors, people with disabilities and chronic conditions, and others who depend on home medical equipment and related services.
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Finally, please forward this message along to your friends, family, and co-workers. Ask them to help make our message heard: the bidding program for home medical equipment is bad medicine for patients, providers and our nation's health.