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California Home Medical Providers Call on Congress to Preserve Homecare as an Option for Seniors and People with Disabilities Under Medicare
Date:8/6/2010

quipment will have less access to the products and services they need to live independently, or recuperate at home after illness or surgery."

CAMPS supports H.R. 3790, a bipartisan bill that would preserve access to homecare and provide a cost-effective alternative to a misguided Medicare "competitive" bidding program for durable medical equipment. H.R. 3790 replaces the Medicare bidding program with other types of cost-savings that will reduce reimbursements to home medical equipment providers but preserve patient access to medically required equipment and services in the home.

So far, the bill has 254 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support. More than half of both the Democratic and Republican delegations in the House support the bill, including California Representatives Joe Baca (D), Brian Bilbray (R), Mary Bono Mack (R), Ken Calvert (R), Rep. Susan Davis (D), Rep. Sam Farr (D), Rep. Bob Filner (D), Rep. Jerry Lewis (R), Rep. Buck McKeon (R), Rep. Devin Nunes (R), Rep. Linda Sanchez (D), Rep. Adam Schiff (D), Rep. Mike Thompson (D) and Rep. Diane Watson (D).

Patient and consumer groups that support the elimination of Medicare's "competitive" bidding program for durable medical equipment include the ALS Association, the American Association for Respiratory Care, the American Association of People with Disabilities, International Ventilator Users Network, the Muscular
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