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Congressmen Mike Ross and Kendrick Meek Introduce Bill to Protect Medicare Patients Who Require Medical Oxygen Therapy at Home
Date:7/16/2009

American Association for Homecare Applauds 'Medicare Home Oxygen Therapy Act of 2009' Which Would Repeal Harmful Rules that Cause Confusion, Service Disruption, and Reduced Access to Care for More than One Million Seniors

ARLINGTON, Va., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association for Homecare applauds Representatives Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) for introducing the Medicare Home Oxygen Therapy Act of 2009, which would protect more than one million Medicare beneficiaries by focusing the oxygen benefit on patient needs.

The Ross-Meek bill, H.R. 3220, introduced yesterday, follows Tuesday's introduction of the House healthcare reform bill, which addressed Medicare oxygen policy but fell far short of repairing fundamental flaws in the oxygen benefit. In contrast, the Ross-Meek bill makes critical and necessary changes to the oxygen benefit.

"The Ross-Meek bill provides an opportunity to help protect seniors who receive medical oxygen at home, bring stability to the oxygen benefit in Medicare in a budget-neutral fashion, and provide cost transparency," said Tyler Wilson, president of the American Association for Homecare. "We thank Representatives Ross and Meek for championing this important reform legislation." Congressman Ross is a leader among the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats, who are one of the guiding forces shaping healthcare reform legislation in Congress.

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 arbitrarily capped reimbursement for Medicare home oxygen at 36 months. The resulting regulations for home oxygen therapy from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have caused confusion, service disruption, and reduced access to care for many of the more than one million seniors in Medicare with COPD and other lung diseases who require home oxygen therapy. This antiquated policy will l
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