Medtech Groups To Blitz Congress Before Expected House Device Tax Vote
After Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen seemed to confirm plans for a floor vote on the medical device excise tax repeal before August, medical device lobby groups say they are rallying to get the deal done before it gets pushed off the agenda by the upcoming US Supreme Court nomination process.
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Industry trade groups spend millions of dollars and walk thousands of steps in the halls of the US Congress each year to persuade legislators and their staff to support votes on device-tax repeal, Medicare payment reform, and other issues. Using lobbying reports downloaded by a public interest group, Medtech Insight has analyzed what industry spent and paid out to hire legislative experts to lobby Congress in the first half of 2019, and which topics they lobbied for the most.
The industry trade group AdvaMed recently pointed to the 17 July US House passage of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac tax as a pathway for repealing the device tax.
Greg Crist, the top public affairs executive at AdvaMed, is stepping in to head the trade group's government affairs operations, as JC Scott departs to lead the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.