Help us protect access to home medical equipment and related service by reaching out to your members of Congress before December 9. Below are directions and talking points for you to use in your conversations! If you have any questions or would like additional support, call Kelly Turner or Lalaina Rabary at People for Quality Care at 800-260-7913.
If you would prefer to send a message, you can do so at www.peopleforqualitycare.org/takeaction.
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1. Call 202-224-3121
2. Ask directory for [Representative or Senator]’s office
3. Ask office for person who deals with health care issues
4. Discuss talking points with contact:
Point 1: who you are
My name is ____________ and I am a constituent who is asking for your help.
Point 2: what this is about
Home medical equipment is very important to me [or my patients, or my loved ones]. It allows me [or him/her/them] to __________________ [example: maintain my independence at home].
Point 3: why action is needed
The rollout of the Competitive Bidding program for home medical equipment has had a detrimental impact on me [or my loved one]. Funding cuts for vital home medical equipment creates access issues and creates barriers to care. [Briefly describe how huge reimbursement cuts to your provider has effected your care]
Millions of seniors and people with disabilities will be negatively impacted once their health care safety nets are eliminated as a result of the reimbursement cuts.
Point 4: what action you want them to take
The Senate and House must work together to pass meaningful reform and send legislation to the White House during the Lame Duck session.
I am urging that [Representative or Senator] support legislative relief that will protect medical equipment access and to reach out to (if Representative: Representatives Paul Ryan and Nanci Pelosi) (if Senator: Senators Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid) to pass this in Lame Duck.
Point 5: the “Ask”
Can I count on [Representative or Senator]'s support?