WASHINGTON, D.C. – With just four weeks until the industry’s largest advocacy event, AAHomecare is preparing talking points, issue briefs, and materials for the HME community to utilize in their discussions with Congress. Topics will include:
- Making a long-overdue meaningful adjustment to Medicare reimbursement for suppliers in former CBAs and continuing additional relief for suppliers in rural/non-bid areas
- Advocating for measures to stabilize reimbursement for HME and not move forward with competitive bidding in its current form
- Protecting beneficiary access to respiratory therapy and continuous glucose monitors after the end of the COVID-19 PHE
- Preventing potential 4% Medicare sequester cuts in 2023 triggered by the application of 2010 Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) legislation to COVID-19 relief deficit spending
- Ensuring that members of Congress understand how rising product and operational costs, as well as supply chain issues, are impacting HME providers and patients.
If you are new to HME or have never reached out to your members of Congress, we highly encourage you to register and join long-time advocates learning how to effectively share your story and the challenges you are facing. Through this conference, you have an opportunity to build a relationship with policy makers and work hand-in-hand for solutions and policy improvements.
Please join in sending a strong message to Capitol Hill on the need to invest in home-based care. The states shown below in red have an advocate registered, but many only have one person; add your voice and help us reach as many House and Senate offices as possible. Make an impact, register today! Prior to the Conference you will have the opportunity to reach out to colleagues in your state to coordinate which issues you would like to discuss during your meetings.
Conference Timed for Maximum Impact
The Conference is timed so that HME advocates can make the maximum impact on Capitol Hill in advance of a deadline to pass government funding legislation by the end of September, as well as for potential omnibus healthcare legislative packages later in the year.
We’ve eliminated the travel but kept the impact of this advocacy session through a virtual format. Meetings with members of Congress will take place through Zoom conference lines from 9:00am to 5:30pm ET on September 21. One week prior to the meetings, on September 14, AAHomecare will host a one-hour advocacy event online offering issue education, training on tracking your meetings and logging in via Zoom, and a guidance on how to ensure your message gets through to legislators and staff.
Registration closes on Sept. 14. However, we may not be able to secure a full slate of meetings for individuals who register after Sept. 7, so register today.