H.R. 3790: With 203 co-sponsors, industry eyes next step

Thursday, April 15, 2010

WASHINGTON – The HME industry last week hit 203 co-sponsors for H.R. 3790, its bill to repeal national competitive bidding. That’s well within reach of its goal of 216 co-sponsors, a majority in the House of Representatives.

While the bill now has increasing support from both sides of the aisle, the fight to repeal the program is long from over, AAHomecare told members in a bulletin last week.

“Co-sponsors of the bill need to contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as House Ways and Means Committee Chair Sander Levin and Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Henry Waxman, and ask them to include the bill in a legislative vehicle that will go to the House floor for a vote,” stated the association. “Please ask your representative to urge these House leaders to take action on the bill.”

A potential vehicle for H.R. 3790: the physician payment bill or “doc fix” bill, industry stakeholders say. The House and Senate last week passed a bill that postpones the 21.2% cut until June 1, but they still need to find a more permanent fix.

The most recent co-sponsors to H.R. 3790 are Reps. Ken Calvert, R-Calif.; Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala.; Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Ohio; and Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla.

AAHomecare stated that it’s also working with key lawmakers in the Senate to introduce a companion bill

For more information on the bill, co-sponsors and talking points, visit AAHomecare’s action center at www.aahomecare.org (click on advocacy/gov’t relations, then action center).