HME Expo, Day 2

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04/24/2009

U Turn video Industry stakeholders told attendees of the HME Exposition & Conference today that they expect a bill to be introduced in the next few weeks that would repeal the 36-month oxygen cap.

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Industry stakeholders are working with Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., the lead sponsor of last year’s H.R. 621, to introduce the bill, according to John Gallagher, vice president of government relations for The VGM Group. Another supporter of the effort: Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C.

Once the bill is introduced, Price and other supporters have three options, he said: They can try to move it forward as a standalone bill--“a heavy lift,” Gallagher said--or they can try to attach it to a healthcare reform bill or a doc fix bill, both expected to come together later this year.

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H.R. 621 had more than 140 co-sponsors last year.

Read our NewsWire on Monday for more on the "Washington Update" at the HME Expo.

Liz Beaulieu