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Healthcare Bills Will Hamper Medicare Services for Seniors and the Disabled
Date:12/18/2009

people in our society at risk.

Once again, some lawmakers recognize that the rush to pay for healthcare reform legislation could have a devastating impact on their constituents. Competitive bidding is projected to save millions of dollars. But Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek is more concerned about his constituents: he has sponsored legislation in the House that would end the competitive bidding experiment and obtain savings for the government by cutting the reimbursement rate for homecare products by 0.25% from 2010 to 2012 and an additional 0.5% in 2015. Moreover, the industry wants to work with CMS to establish a system that allows providers to deliver quality service and products to Medicare beneficiaries at a fair price to the government.

Comprehensive healthcare reform is long overdue, but we must ask our Representatives and Senators in Congress whether the cost of enacting this legislation should include placing new burdens on seniors and people with disabilities. One would hope that this population would benefit from reform, and not be its victims. It's clear that the current legislation delivers critical blows to the companies committed to providing medical equipment to Medicare beneficiaries.

What's unclear is whether enough lawmakers in Congress will recognize the consequences for their constituents back home when there are significant delays in providing medical equipment for Medicare beneficiaries, or only a few companies left to supply the products. There are ways to fix healthcare reform legislation so that the seniors, who built and protected our nation, can live with dignity and independence in their homes during their twilight years.

Let's hope Congress understands how much this means to them.

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