Consumers back H.R. 1717

Thursday, May 23, 2013

WASHINGTON – More than a dozen consumer groups are throwing their support behind H.R. 1717, a bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP), according to AAHomecare. 

The groups are lining up to sign a letter from United Spinal Association endorsing the bill. The letter began circulating on Monday, just as stakeholders hit the Hill as part of the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference.  

“When you call or email your members of Congress, make sure they know that the bill has strong support from patient and consumer groups,” AAHomecare told members in its weekly Wednesday in Washington report.

Introduced April 24 by Reps. Tom Price, R-Ga., and John Larson, D-Conn., H.R. 1717 currently has 96 co-sponsors.

Consumer organizations backing the bill include:

1. Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

2. Long Island Center for Independent Living, Inc.

3. Association of Programs for Rural independent Living

4. Shepherd Center

5. United Spinal Association

6. Disability Rights Center

7. National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities

8. Ability Center

9. Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

10. Three Rivers Council on Independent Living

11. National Council on Independent Living

12. American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

13. Touch the Future

14. Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia

15. Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation

16. Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living

17. Brain Injury Association of America

18. Post-Polio Health International

19. International Ventilator Users Network

20. Association of University Centers of Disabilities

21. Friends of Disabled Adults and Children


Great Issue !

Reaching out to the small HME provider, We are a small provider located in Sarasota,Florida that as of today the new rules went into affect.For the last three months i have been contacted by many companies that was awarded the bid for our area in Florida and standing on the principal that (you ask for it now you got it) good luck to all of them.However we did take the time to reveiw the allowables and realized that the rates were to low, only a large or national chain would be the only ones who do it for that rate. Sad but true the patients will be the one's in need of equipment and will not be able to deal with company that they have known and trusted for many years. I feel that we must unite and inform all your patients that still come into your business that they should contact their senators and support HR 1717