Rural health care providers met Tuesday with Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., in Grand Island. They expressed concerns about federal government policies that hinder rural residents from receiving the health-care services they need.
The providers were asking Smith to support a bipartisan House bill that would provide relief to rural and non-bid areas impacted by the national expansion of competitive bidding. They also sought Smith’s support to rectify “double-dip” cuts on oxygen.
The House bill would roll back the second round of cuts for non-bid area suppliers, effective retroactively to Jan. 1, 2017, and through 2018.
It would also address rate cuts caused by the misapplication of a 2006 budget neutrality offset balancing increased use of oxygen-generating portable equipment with lower reimbursement for stationary equipment.
They also asked for Smith’s support to keep manual power chair accessories out of competitive bidding legislation.
Competitive bidding is a program where suppliers bid in large urban, metro areas on health-care products. It comes into play in rural America because Medicare prices set in the large urban areas also apply to noncompetitively bid…