Time to contact your Member of Congress. Also a good time to invite them to visit your business!
Congress has now left Washington, D.C. until early September. All 435 members of the House of Representatives and 36 members of the Senate are up for election this year, so they should be predisposed to listen to the voters in their states and districts. They will spend as much time at home as possible until after election day in November, so you should have a lot of opportunities to contact them.
Please take time to call their local offices or send an e-mail to remind them of the issues that dramatically affect the dental industry.
The impact of the Medical Device Tax is more severe on dental products, than other medical products, as there is little to no coverage of dental services under the Health Care Law. In fact, the tax amounts to 40 times the potential additional benefit from the limited additional coverage. Several U.S. Senators and Representatives have joined the DTA in the fight to repeal the Medical Device Tax. Some congressional supporters hope that action can be taken on the medical device tax in the lame duck session of Congress that will occur in November.
- House Bill 523, known as the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013, was introduced February 6, 2013 and is sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN). With 274 cosponsors, it has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
- On February 7, 2013, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Senate version of the bill known as the Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act which amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the excise tax on medical device manufacturers and importers. It has 40 bipartisan cosponsors and is with the Senate Committee on Finance.
- Click here for a sample letter that you can use to reach out to your representatives and senators to let them know how you feel about this tax.
The Physicians Payment Sunshine Act, a provision of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires medical device manufacturers to report payments or transfers of value to dentists that exceed $10. While dentists are covered under the definition of physician, only about 25 percent of dentists participate in CMS programs. We believe that the burden of reporting costs for dental manufacturers far exceeds any intended benefit of transparency in relationships with providers. We are proposing to raise the reporting limit significantly and eliminate the requirement to aggregate payments or transfers of value throughout the year.
Please contact your elected representatives today, while they are in your community, and take the opportunity to invite them to visit your business. Click here to locate your representatives.
If you need assistance with your letter or your invitation please contact us.
For more information about how to host a visiting member of Congress, check out the DTA Washington Advocacy Guide for step by step guidance.