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Call To Action! Congressional Sign On Letter Released Asking CMS To Pause The Competitive Bidding Program

The offices of DME Congressional Champions, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) released a congressional sign on letter today asking for CMS to pause the Competitive Bidding Program.
 
July 29th is the deadline for members of Congress to sign the letter, so please reach out today! Don’t rely on others to reach out. You can simply send a message to your congressional office by clicking here. Please share this link with your co-workers and friend asking them to reach out to their member of Congress as well.
 
The letter is requesting for a delay to the bid program for one year or throughout the public health emergency (whichever is longer). The letter also includes that HHS and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) support extending the blended rates in both competitve bid areas (CBAs) and non-competitive bid areas to maintain access and stability across all parts of the country. 
 
The letter states, “We appreciate HHS and CMS' efforts to make changes to Medicare policy to protect beneficiaries' access to vital health care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, but are concerned with the impact that the implementation of DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program, which is scheduled to restart on January 1, 2021, will have during this health care emergency.”
 
“Our letter urges HHS and CMS to delay the CBP, so the administration can work with stakeholders to ensure that there are safeguards in place to protect beneficiary access and address challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created before moving forward with this program.”
 
Please reach out to your member of Congress today asking them to show their support of this letter by signing on. 
  • Democratic Congressional staff can reach out to Scott Stockwell with Rep. Loebsack’s office at [email protected]
  • Republican Congressional staff can reach out to Kristin Flukey with Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ office at [email protected]

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