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Rep. Zeldin Co-Leads Effort to Administration for Review of CMS Policies and Regulations

June 20, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) joined with Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R, WA-5), Dave Loebsack (D, IA-2), and Diana DeGette (D, CO-1), and co-led a bipartisan group of over 150 co-signers in the House of Representatives to express their joint concerns with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policies and regulations related to the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) benefit in the Medicare program. DME is equipment required by patients for medical conditions. Examples include wheelchairs, crutches, ventilators, among much more. Currently, CMS policies and regulations related to DME have resulted in significant reductions in reimbursement, which severely limit access to DME accessories. These policies and regulations also shifted costs to other areas of Medicare. You can view a copy of the letter, which was sent to the Honorable Tom Price, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Ms. Seema Verma, Administrator of CMS, here: PDF icon061417 DME Letter to Price Verma.pdf
Congressman Zeldin said, “It is imperative that all of the relevant CMS policies and regulations are reviewed by the new administration to ensure beneficiaries will have access to affordable DME equipment. It must always be a top priority for members on both sides of the aisle to ensure that patients have access to the care and equipment that they need and deserve.”
Earlier this year, Congressman Zeldin re-introduced his bipartisan bill to protect people with disabilities, by ensuring they have access to vital equipment (H.R. 1361). The Congressman’s legislation, which clarifies the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008, is an important bill to secure the essential specialized power wheelchairs and related accessories relied on by people with disabilities and their families. Read more here