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227 Congressmen Ask Medicare to Delay Implementing Questionable Procurement Program
Date:6/14/2013

rtisan group of representatives comprising a majority of the U.S. House agree."

In addition to members of the House, economists have also sounded the warning about Medicare's procurement program. More than 240, including five Nobel laureates, sent a letter to President Obama expressing their dismay that no one in the administration had "taken any serious steps to fix the obvious flaws" in the program.

Patient advocacy groups have also made clear that they support congressional efforts. Earlier this week, 29 organizations signed a letter that was sent to Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), who introduced a bill in the House that would replace Medicare's program with one that is market based. The letter states that "consumers are already experiencing access problems" because of the current program, which is running in nine test areas.

"The fundamental failings of the current bidding program are a threat to patients, families, physicians, and providers," said Rep. Price.

Added Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), "We need to protect seniors from unlicensed or non-registered companies providing products and services that mean the difference between life or death for those seniors who depend on them."

"I am proud to be part of the bipartisan effort in Congress to call on CMS Administrator Tavenner to delay implementation of round 2 of the Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding program," said Rep. Chris Collins (D-N.Y.). "While trying to cut costs, the federal government has created an un
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