Thursday, June 26, 2014

HR 4920

There are so many things happening in such a rapid fashion that will affect our industry. To survive these changes, every dealer must become involved. I have spoken about AAHomecare’s need to raise additional funds, and I hope you all responded. I also asked that you build teams to work together with them and your state DME association! Together we will make this happen. Together we will maintain and protect out industry.

There is one more battle that we (every DME dealer) must win! All the efforts of AAHomecare, the state DME associations, VGM, MED, and “you” have just received a major opportunity to change the existing Competitive Bidding Program. Yes, we have not succeeded as yet, but we have to get this accomplished now!

We will not get another opportunity to change the Competitive Bidding Program. Our industry has fallen short twice to get a bill through Congress. Contact every congressman in your state. If they had agreed to support you in the past, thank them, and please ask them to come on board once again. We have to reach each and every congressman, and with the help of your staff and clientele, we will succeed.

AAHomecare appears to be working 24 hours a day, same as all our state DME associations. All of these combined efforts are not just to protect our business. We have a huge number of senior citizens who depend on us. Then there are all our patients, customers, and their family care-givers who depend on our services.

Yes, it is right now, there will be no tomorrow. Congress will be on holiday again in a few days. Call, write, work with AAHomecare, support your state association, and send your contribution to AAH. Get involved, because I hate to think about the alternative!

Henry Kissinger said, “The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”

Call your Representative today to request they cosponsor HR 4920, the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2014. The number for the Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121. 

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