Influential group backs bid bill

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

WASHINGTON – The National Federation of Independent Business has written a letter of support for S. 2736, a bill that would delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts scheduled for July 1.

The NFIB cites the high proportion of HME providers that are small businesses and the high level of service those companies provide in its letter.

“The next round of the competitive bidding cuts threaten the viability of these small businesses,” the group stated.

AAHomecare says the NFIB represents 325,000 small and independent business owners nationwide and its endorsement carries significant weight on Capitol Hill.

AAHomecare gave a shout-out to Don Jones, president of Southern Medical Equipment Corp., and director of federal affairs for the Alabama Durable Medical Equipment Dealers Association, for securing the NFIB’s support.

The Senate bill would delay the upcoming cuts until Oct. 1, 2017. Stakeholders are working on a companion bill in the House of Representatives.