Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor Legislation to Provide Relief to Non-Bid Areas & Address O2 Double Dip
Help secure co-sponsors for HR 2771, the Protecting HOME Access Act, which provides relief for suppliers in non-Competitive Bidding Areas and eliminates the outdated oxygen budget neutrality requirement.
In January 2016, CMS began applying pricing derived from the highly populated Competitive Bidding Areas (CBAs) to all areas of the country without properly taking into account the increased cost of supplying DME items in non-bid areas, slashing pricing by upwards of 50%. Further exacerbating the issue, CMS applied a budget neutrality “offset” to the 2017 rural fee schedules for stationery oxygen equipment. These cuts intensified beneficiary access problems caused by Competitive Bidding. Although temporary relief has been secured for rural areas, permanent, statutory relief is needed across all non-bid areas!
Our champions on Capitol Hill have asked us to help secure additional co-sponsors for this important legislation to increase the chances for its provisions to be included in omnibus legislation in the final months of the 116th Congress. Please take action today!