Home Infusion Legislation Re-Introduced

Dear NHIA Members:
I am pleased to announce that our aggressive and unrelenting
campaign to gain meaningful Medicare coverage of home infusion therapy has just
attained yet another crucial legislative objective, as yesterday the
Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Coverage Act was re-introduced in both
the Senate (S. 1203) and the House (H.R. 2195).

Achieving this re-introduction of the Medicare legislation,
via the active support of Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), John Kerry (D-MA),
Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and
Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY-17), Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) and Tammy Baldwin
(D-WI-2), is a key element of our Dual Track Legislative Strategy. I was
especially pleased at the added support Congressman Murphy provided to our cause
when he spoke yesterday on the House floor about the importance of fixing the
Medicare coverage gap of home infusion therapy—and urged his colleagues to
cosponsor the home infusion therapy bill.

For more detailed information and quotes, please review
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Unquestionably, the leadership of these Senators and
Representatives—together with the findings of the
2010 General Accountability Office (GAO)
Study
(where, for the
first time, a government report is clearly demonstrating that
home infusion therapy provides costs savings and quality patient
care)—provides us with an even stronger foundation for an impactful grassroots
campaign. It is very invigorating to see our consistent efforts from the last
Congress generating enhanced opportunities with this new Congress.

As you will recall, the GAO Study has already highlighted
the value of home infusion and helped to productively shift the attitude and
interest in our cause.  Now, we must further leverage this interest by
increasing awareness about the struggles faced by Medicare beneficiaries and
their families who are unnecessarily forced to undergo extended stays in
hospitals and nursing homes—or are forced to pay for home infusion therapy with
limited funds. We must also advance the reality that, in these challenging
financial times, home infusion can save the Medicare program money.

To get the ball rolling on our current grassroots efforts, I
am asking each of you to engage in the following activities:

  • NHIA has already prepared a compelling electronic letter
    for you to send to your Congressional Representatives, asking for their formal
    support of this important legislation—please
    click here to e-mail the Hill
    today.
  • On Wednesday, July 13th, NHIA will
    be hosting an important
    Talk Infusion all-membership
    call from 12:00-1:30 PM (Eastern) to discuss new strategies
    needed to achieve our ultimate advocacy goals. I urge every NHIA Member company
    to join us on this critical call—please
    register today.

Each of us has the power to make a difference. Our campaign
will reflect the commitment and passion I believe we all share for our patients—
I look forward to our time together on July 13th and to working with you to
achieve meaningful Medicare coverage for home infusion therapy.

Our time is now. Let’s create our future,
together.

Sincerely,
Russell Bodoff
President & CEO
russell.bodoff@nhia.org