Capitol Hill, State Associations, Texas Providers - A Photo Journal of Advocacy in Action

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Texas providers, along with VGM’s Bob Rodriguez, met with key congressional members to gather support for competitive bidding relief. Providers met with Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) in Houston on April 20 and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), in Conroe on Monday, April 25. These meetings are very important as Rep. Culberson is a highly-ranked member of the House Committee on Appropriations and Chairman Brady is the head of the House Ways and Means Committee. Both of these committees are heavily involved in HME policy initiatives.

The Lymphedema Advocacy Group pose for a picture the evening before hitting Capitol Hill to lobby for the Lymphedema Treatment Act as part of Lymphedema Lobby Days. Before visiting with congressional leaders, the group was split into delegations and reviewed talking points to use during their meetings. The group varied in ages from seven to 72 and included representatives from Essentially Women and VGM Government Relations. Through their efforts, which included 214 meetings, S.2373 gained two more co-sponsors and H.1608 has gained 11 new co-sponsors. You can take action to ensure lymphedema patients have access to vital compression therapies by clicking here.

Mark Higley, VGM Government Relations, and Kim Brummet of American Association for Homecare, presented during the Great Lakes Annual Conference. They shared their expertise on everything Medicare-related including prior authorization rules, face-to-face, audit developments, ventilator policy and Round 2 re-compete. Mark along with other industry experts will be presenting at Heartland Conference 2016. Click here to check the speakers and courses as well as view a complete list of activities. 


Members of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group continued their lobbying efforts to gain support for S.2373 and H.1608. The two-days consisted of 20-30 minute meetings with congressional members and their staff to discuss the Lymphedema Treatment Act. Pictured are members of the group meeting with Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (MI) staff.