Lawmakers set to reintroduce bidding bills

Thursday, January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare urges HME stakeholders to reach out to their senators and representatives this week to get them to sign on as original co-sponsors for upcoming competitive bidding legislation.

Reps. Patrick Tiberi, R-Ohio, and John Larson, D-Conn., and Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Ben Cardin, D-Md., intend to reintroduce binding bid legislation in the House of Representatives and Senate early next week, the association has announced.

“Now is the time for our members to step in and tell the Congressmen that they need to support this bill,” stated Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare, in a release. “With the Round 2 re-compete right around the corner, we don’t have the luxury of waiting to see if congressmen are going to get on board.”

The bid window for the Round 2 re-compete closes March 25.

Last June, Tiberi and Larson introduced H.R. 4920, a bill that would require providers to obtain bid bonds and provide proof of licensure before submitting a bid. Portman and Cardin introduced a similar bill in December.

The deadline for original co-sponsors is Friday, Jan. 9.