Talking points: H.R. 1717 and Round 2
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2013—Currently H.R. 1717, the Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013, has 44 cosponsors. It needs to get at least as many cosponsors as H.R. 6490, which had 94. To make this happen, everyone must do their part.
AAHomecare will distribute the documents listed below, and many more, at the Washington Legislative Conference (link). However, you should use them in district office meetings with your Representative and send them as emails, too. They’re also helpful when working with the media to draw attention to what’s about to happen in your community.
• H.R. 1717 Issue Brief—A summary of the Market Pricing Program Act of 2013 (link).
• Round 2 Issue Brief—Outlines problems with the current “competitive” bidding program (link).
• Round 2 Impact—A profit and loss statement that shows just how devastating the cuts will be (link).
• Round 2 Stories—Heartfelt stories from providers and beneficiaries on what will happen to them if Round 2 is implemented (link).
Additionally, AAHomecare has developed a telephone script to help guide you through a phone conversation with your member of Congress or their staff (link).