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Additional Support Needed for HR 4229

While last week’s report that the HME-related Interim Final Rule remains on the radar of the Administration as evidenced by remarks by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, we need to continue to build support for rural relief on Capitol Hill.

If your legislator is not among the 139 current co-sponsors of HR 4229, the Protecting HOME Access Act, please make another push in the coming weeks to ask that they add their support for the legislation.

If your legislator is not currently among the list of co-sponsors, please call or email the legislative assistant who handles healthcare issues and ask that they sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 4229.  You can also make the following points in your communications:

If you are coming to DC for the Washington Legislative conference, please let your legislators know that you plan to discuss the issue in person with them next month.

Please contact Gordon Barnes at if you need contact information for the legislative assistant handling healthcare-related issues for your Representative.  You can also encourage your colleagues and peers to send an email to your legislators using our Grassroots Action Center.

While getting a significant measure of relief through the IFR or similar regulatory action would certainly be welcome news for the HME community, there is no guarantee that action will be coming or that it will be as substantial as we desire.  It’s imperative that we also continue to build support for HR 4229 to make sure we have another avenue for relief if the Administration fails to provide it!

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