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Bill introduced to delay expansion of Medicare "Competitive Bidding"

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A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley confirmed a bill was introduced Tuesday to delay the expansion of "Competitive Bidding." A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley confirmed a bill was introduced Tuesday to delay the expansion of "Competitive Bidding."

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley confirmed a bill was introduced Tuesday to delay the expansion of "Competitive Bidding."

July 1 marks a planned expansion of Medicare's "Competitive Bidding" program. This means medical equipment providers are required to bid for Medicare contracts to help Medicare beneficiaries, and the provider with the lowest bid wins the contract to provide the equipment or service.

However, some folks are concerned about who the provider will be, since the cheapest provider might not be local.

Last week Braley, along with Representative Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) objecting to the expansion of "Competitive Bidding."

A spokesman from Braley's office said more than 220 members of Congress signed the letter.

Communications Director for Braley's office, Jeff Giertz, said Tuesday that Braley has not received a response from the CMS.

Giertz said with the looming deadline, Braley and Thompson were prompted to create a piece of legislation that would delay the expansion.

On Tuesday, the congressmen introduced HR 2375, the Transparency and Accountability in Medicare Bidding Act.
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