Stakeholders press for inclusion in spending package

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are pushing to get HME-related provisions into an omnibus spending bill.

On Tuesday, Jason Orr, president of the Kentucky Medical Equipment Suppliers Association, and Thad Connally, former KMESA president, met with every office of Kentucky’s delegation, including Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, to ask the Senator to support the H.R. 4229 provisions in the final package. They were joined by Tom Ryan and Jay Witter of AAHomecare.

“We’ve got an uphill fight to get our provisions into the upcoming spending package, but powerful advocacy work like this impromptu fly-in, coupled with tremendous co-sponsor support the HME community has generated for HR 4229, increases our chances for success,” said Ryan, in a bulletin.

And, on Monday, the ITEM Coalition sent a letter asking House and Senate leaders to include HME-related provisions in the omnibus bill on behalf of the group’s 75 member organizations.

Specifically, the coalition asked to include language from H.R. 3730, which seeks to exclude manual CRT products from bid-derived pricing; and asked to include language from the Medicare O&P Improvement Act, including a clarification of the definition of off-the-shelf-orthotics.