We need your help in order to help our respiratory patients!
In compliance with certain statutory requirements, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently adjusted payment rates for durable medical equipment in non-competitive bid/rural areas based on competitive bid pricing, resulting in significant reductions which are impacting Medicare beneficiary access to needed equipment, especially oxygen.
AAHomecare has asked for our help in a drive to gain Senate support for a sign-on letter to Secretary Price and CMS Administrator Verma asking them to make regulatory changes to protect access to home medical equipment in these areas. Time is of the essence. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) have begun circulating the letter and have set a deadline of July 6 to gain co-signers. We just learned about this Friday when most folks were in travel status from Summer Forum.
The process is very simple and is much like our CAP Connection. All you need do is access their site at:
Put in your zip code and it will bring up your Senators name(s) and a draft letter for you to send. A copy of the letter Senators Thune and Heitkamp plan to send is included in that link.
We know the deadline is tight, but we want to protect our respiratory patients who are impacted by these changes, so ask your Senator(s) now to sign-on to the letter and help make a difference.
Anne Marie Hummel
Associate Executive Director
Advocacy and Government Affairs