Associations recruit allies in bid fight

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Members of Big Sky AMES met with Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., on April 7 to discuss the competitive bidding program. “Sen. Enzi pledged to support our industry and agrees with the need for reform,” said Aaron Durst, Big Sky president, in a newsletter from The VGM Group. “I think (he) will (be) a valuable ally in the future.” Competitive bidding pricing is scheduled to roll out nationwide in 2016 and is expected to hit rural areas especially hard. Big Sky has also met with the office of Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and plans to meet with Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., this week. Other state associations, including the North Carolina Association of Medical Equipment Services and the Pacific Association of Medical Equipment Services, also have meetings with lawmakers scheduled.