Help Save Homecare! What You Can Do to Stop the Bidding Program

Send a strong message to Congress about the bidding program by joining the "virtual" fly-in on July 18! 

AAHomecare is receiving reports of delays, equipment shortages, and contractors refusing services in bid areas around the country. Yet, CMS is reporting just a few dozen complaints.

It is absolutely vital that Congress hears from HME providers like you and your patients—current or former—about problems with the bidding program.  You can help us make a concerted impact by joining our "virtual" fly-in on July 18, when HME advocates from around the country will email and call their Senators & Representatives to let them know about the effects the bidding program is having on their businesses, their patients, and their communities.

Use the AAHomecare Action Center to quickly send a message directly to your congressional representatives, or look up contact information to call those offices on July 18.  Please email Gordon Barnes at gordonb@aahomecare.org if you need any assistance contacting your representatives.

The time for concerted, consistent, and passionate response is at hand for individuals, companies, and organizations in the home medical equipment sector.  Round 2 price cuts  are already having ruinous effects on homecare providers and patients throughout the country.  It’s time for every homecare provider to step up, fight back, and take action!

Additional Actions You Can Take

Meet With Your Congressional Representatives – Your representatives in the House and Senate have offices back near your home. You can find contact information for district offices on the official Senate (www.senate.gov) and House (www.house.gov) websites.

Share Your Story – Legislators and their staffs on Capitol Hill are particularly interested in specific incidences of the bidding system causing disruptions and putting up barriers to patient access to home medical equipment. They also want perspectives from companies that are being seriously damaged by the bidding program – please share your story at CBRound2Problems@aahomecare.org. We’ll make sure Congress hears what you have to say.

Engage Your Patients – If you have current or former patients who are having trouble getting equipment or services as a result of Round 2, please encourage them to share their story with the People for Quality Care by calling 800-404-8702.  You can also share the Action Center link at action.aahomecare.org, where they can send a message to Congress about the bidding program.

Learn More – Visit the Advocacy section of the AAHomecare website for updates on legislative and regulatory developments on the bidding program, audits, PECOS, face-to-face exam requirements and other public policy news affecting the home medical equipment community.