AdvaMed Still Wants Full Device-Tax Repeal, But Temporary Moratorium Is A Backup
While the device lobby group says it will continue to fight for a permanent medical device tax repeal over the next three months, it will consider a temporary repeal if Congress doesn't get its "act together."
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Medical device lobbyists and a significant number of lawmakers have been urging the congressional leadership to step up and help pass a permanent repeal of the medical device tax. Now several patient advocacy groups have waded into the fight to end the tax with just weeks to go before it is set to be reinstituted.
With time running out, 179 House lawmakers from across the aisle have written to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to include medical device tax repeal in bills set to come to the floor for a vote before the year ends.
Under the gun and past a deadline, Senate and House authorizing committees managed to advance almost-identical bills extending funding for the US Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to full-chamber votes. But no device tax repeal provisions came up amid other demanding political and fiscal priorities, and a Senate staffer says device-tax repeal may be too expensive.