H.R. 284 Passed – What’s next?

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Last week, Congress passed H.R. 284, the binding bids bill, by unanimous consent. This is a significant step to fixing the flawed competitive bidding program. John Gallagher of VGM Government Relations says “Is the bill perfect? No bill ever is. The implementation date is problematic. But that is something that can and will be worked out with the Senate and House staff.” What’s the next step? Passing the Senate bill, S.148. And then on to the White House for the president’s signature. H.R. 284-Binding Bids Bill …

  • Will require proof of state licensure before a supplier can submit a bid.
  • Will require a bidding supplier to obtain a bid bond in order to participate in the bidding process.
  • Will forfeit bids if the bidder declines the contract and is at or below the bid prices.
VGM would like to thank all of you for contacting your representatives to ask for their support of the binding bids bill. This feat could not have been reached without the tireless efforts of DME suppliers and state associations. Our efforts are far from over. But we can celebrate one victory at a time. For more information including a list of S. 148 cosponsors and a summary of Binding Bids bill, please visit our online resource center by clicking here.