Passed: House Advances the Medicare Part B Improvement Act
Package Includes Tiberi Bill to Protect Patient Access to Home Infusion Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July 25, 2017 | Tiberi.House.Gov | https://goo.gl/5eoGBJ
Washington, D.C.— On Tuesday, the House passed by voice vote H.R. 3178, the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017. This legislation makes a series of targeted improvements to Medicare Part B programs and includes several bipartisan solutions introduced by Members of the Ways and Means Committee, including Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi’s bill to protect patient access to home infusion services.
On the House floor, Tiberi delivered the following remarks:
“I stand today in strong support for H.R. 3178, a package of bipartisan policies centered on improving care for Medicare beneficiaries across several areas.
“Particularly, H.R. 3178 includes my bill introduced with my friend Bill Pascrell that provides a temporary transitional payment for home infusion providers.
“The 21st Century Cures Act created a new reimbursement benefit for home infusion therapies beginning in 2021. This new temporary transitional payment will help bridge the potential gap in care for beneficiaries, and home infusion providers will continue to administer these therapies without risk of going bankrupt.
“This legislation includes other good policies that further encourage giving seniors the choice to receive more care in the comfort of their own homes, as well as expanding access to providers, particularly in rural and needy areas.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee for their support. I’d also like to thank my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee for their commitment to working on this issue, especially my counterpart Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess, and Chairman Emeritus Fred Upton, who helped pave the way for these policies with passage of the 21st Century Cures Act.
“I would like to conclude with a commitment that this is not the end for policies encouraging care – especially drug infusion – in the home for patients that choose to do so.
“We look forward to working with the Administration to clarify current rules to ensure we successfully implement both this legislation and future policies to ensure inclusion of payments for all drugs needed by the home infusion patient community.”
BROWN BLASTS SENATE MOVE TO RIP HEALTHCARE AWAY FROM THOUSANDS OF OHIOANS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) blasted the Senate’s vote to move forward with the House’s legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a clue what Leader McConnell will bring to the floor to replace it.
“It’s despicable that Senators with taxpayer-funded healthcare are ignoring the pleas of working families,” said Brown. “This bill will upend people’s lives and hurt our economy, yet the American people have no idea what’s going to be in it and neither do the Senators who voted for it today. The one thing we know for sure is no matter which option they choose, it will mean higher costs and less coverage for working families.
“I agree with Governor Kasich: we must put politics aside and work together to come up with bipartisan solutions to bring down costs and make healthcare work better for everyone. Of course the Affordable Care Act is not perfect. We have more work to do and I’m ready to work with Republicans. But any option that starts with repeal will only raise prices and kick people off their insurance.”
Physicians Action Network Response to Healthcare Vote
The following is a statement from Dr. Sarah Jonaus on behalf of the Ohio-based Physicians Action Network in response to today’s vote by the U.S. Senate to advance the healthcare bill:
“The U.S. Senate voted today to advance a bill that would roll back coverage, eliminate access to care for tens of millions of Americans and cost Ohio an estimated 81,000 healthcare jobs. Thousands of Ohioans, many our patients, could suffer at the hands of this bill. We urge the Senate to work with every major healthcare group that opposes this dangerous bill and begin crafting a bipartisan solution that improves access and affordability.”