Great news! Thanks to people like you speaking out across the country, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures act on Tuesday, December 13. This law will grant temporary Medicare funding for home medical equipment!
Early December, the Senate followed the House in passing the legislation that will temporarily provide additional funds for home medical equipment from July through December of this year.
This was no small feat, and those on Capitol Hill tell us that it was thanks to the over thousands of people like you who sent e-mails, called Congress, and helped raise awareness of this important funding issue and carve a path forward.
However, our work is not yet done.
Although the funding has been retroactively addressed for 2016, come January 1, the funding cuts go into effect once more.
What does this mean for us?
Elected officials already know there’s a problem—that’s why they passed legislation this week. In January, we’ll have a new Congress, new Administration, and new opportunity to push for permanent protections for millions of Americans to have access to vital home medical equipment that enables them to live safely and independently at home.
We’ll be keeping you informed of how you can help make a difference when Congress starts again next year. We’ve come a long way, and we’ll be even more powerful in 2017 building on the momentum you’ve created. Let’s not stop until every American has access to the home medical equipment they need and deserve!