Bid relief: More original co-sponsors needed

 - 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has extended the deadline for collecting original co-sponsors for draft legislation that would provide relief from competitive bidding in non-bid areas until the end of this week, according to AAHomecare.

Monday, Oct. 23, was the original deadline for collecting original co-sponsors.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 25, 16 representatives had signed on to be original co-sponsors of the legislation, which McMorris Rodgers expects to introduce the first week of November with Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa.

The legislation would extend a retroactive delay of a second round of reimbursement cuts in non-bid areas from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2019. Per the legislation, reimbursement for that period would be based on reimbursement on Jan. 1, 2016. It would also address a “double-dip” reimbursement cut to oxygen therapy.

McMorris Rodgers was also the driving force behind a recent letter signed by 104 representatives asking the Office of Management and Budget to clear an interim final rule that would provide relief from the bid program in non-bid areas.