We are running too far behind getting HR1717 to move forward. Last year in three months we were able to get close to 100 representatives to sign on as co-sponsors for the MPP bill. This was done during the Medtrade meeting in Atlanta where we heard Representative Tom Price, MD, from Georgia, introduce it.
Dr. Price told us why he was sponsoring this legislation. He explained what it would take to get it out of committee and then go on to the Senate and then with a little extra effort be passed by Congress. If every DME/HME dealer/provider gives this 100% effort we can get it onto the floor, passed and moved to the Senate. If we do not accomplish this - we will not succeed.
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If we fail to do this, the Competitive Bid Legislation will remain in place. You read in the newspapers and know that CMS and Medicare are trying to reduce reimbursements by as much as 45% from today’s level. Who can remain solvent and stay in business with that?
As of this morning we have only obtained support from about half the number of representatives who signed on last year. There are more than 500 representatives covering every district in the country. There are about 15,000 dealers in America, so get to work; call, write, and save your company and our industry.
YOU MUST ACT NOW. EVERY ONE OF YOU HAS TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO CO-SIGN THIS MPP (HR 1717).
Time is rapidly passing; soon Congress will take their summer holiday. You can no longer sit by and wait. If it is not passed and there are many steps to take, far too many DME/HME dealers will find their income greatly reduced and a large number will be obliged to close their doors. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN!
Get started ASAP.
Get started ASAP.
President John F. Kennedy said “FAILURE HAS NO FRIENDS.”