House Bill Would Ax Medicare Bidding Program

Law360, New York (March 15, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT) -- Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Jason Altmire, D-Pa., on Tuesday put forth bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would end a Medicare program that requires suppliers to submit competitive bids for home medical equipment and services.

The Pennsylvania lawmakers proposed H.R. 1041, the Fairness in Medicare Bidding Act, to repeal the “harmful” bidding program, in a press conference alongside medical suppliers and long-term care advocates that claim the program is too blunt and would harm patients.

The Medicare competitive bidding program for durable...
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