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Help Ensure 75/25 Blended Rate Extension is Included with Healthcare Provisions in Government Funding Package
Legislation to extend the Medicare 75/25 blended rate for DME suppliers in non-rural, non-competitive bidding areas through the end of 2024 has passed through the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee and was well-positioned for in government funding legislation set for consideration in mid-January and 2024.  Our measure continues relief granted in 2022 Omnibus budget for an additional year that provides more stability for suppliers in non-bid areas as well as bolstering rates from other payers who are influenced by Medicare rates, including TRICARE and many state Medicaid programs.

However, the Congress instead passed a short-term spending bill on January 18  to keep the funded until the beginning of March, buying lawmakers more time to finish the formal appropriations process. This stop-gap legislation does not include various healthcare extender measures, including our provision to continue the 75/25 blended rate for Medicare reimbursement in non-rural areas.

We need to continue to push to help get this relief included in the next government funding legislation that is needed to pass before the new March 1 deadline.  Please send a letter to your Senators and House member encouraging them to reach out to leadership in their respective chambers in support of including DME relief measures (S. 1294 and H.R. 5555 provisions) in the next upcoming government funding bill. There is considerable competition from the full scope of corporate groups and other interests to have their priorities addressed in this legislative vehicle -- including the healthcare advocacy groups -- so your help keeping our bills at the top-of-mind for Congressional leadership is critical.

You are encouraged to edit the draft letter at right to include more details about your company and patients, as well as how the disconnect between current reimbursement rates and rising product and operational costs that have now taken effect are affecting your business and your patients.

Please also share this link with your co-workers, friends, and peers -- and ask them to send a message, as well.   Thank you for your advocacy!

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