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The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) is pleased to announce that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted on and passed H.R. 284, legislation to ban non-binding bids and require proof of licensure for Medicare contract auctions.

"This is by no means mission accomplished," said Jay Witter, senior vice president of public policy for AAHomecare. "We will continue to press forward in the Senate and we are ready to work with Congress and CMS to see the elements of this legislation implemented as soon as possible."

"The House passing H.R. 284 is a huge step towards reforming the bidding process, but our work is not done," said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare. "I would like to thank Representatives Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Larson (D-Conn.) and Senators Portman (R-Ohio) and Cardin (D-Md.) for their leadership on this issue. We will continue to work with lawmakers in the Senate to call for quick action on this bipartisan and budget-neutral legislation.”

Representative Tiberi gave a brief statement before the bill was brought to a vote, click https://youtu.be/i5lVy34RI4g to watch.

Home medical equipment providers are encouraged to join AAHomecare in support of this legislation and attend the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference, May 20-21, 2015, in Washington, DC. Registration information is available at www.aahomecare.org/WLC.

The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and others in the homecare community that serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen systems, wheelchairs, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. Members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. Visit www.aahomecare.org.

CONTACTS

Beth Ludwick, bethl@aahomecare.org, 202.372.0748

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