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House Passes Deadline Delay for Pharmacies Supplying Medical Equipment


Sept. 30, 2009

Washington, d.c.The House passed H.R. 3663 by voice vote today, a bill that would delay a deadline by which pharmacies that supply durable medical equipment would be required to obtain accreditation under the Medicare program.  Attached is a letter written by Alaska’s Congressional Delegation to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius asking her to exempt state-licensed pharmacists from the accreditation and surety bond requirements for suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthodontics, and supplies.

“I am very pleased that this bill passed easily today,” said Rep. Young.  “It is very difficult to pass across the board regulations that will fit every community.  Rural Alaska faces limitations that most of our country will never have to, including access to prescription drugs, medical supplies, and medical care.  In some of these communities, the financial burden of having to follow these regulations would be too great.  This would cause a loss of access to those already in a difficult situation when it comes to medical care.  The bill that passed today will extend the deadline for pharmacies for three months, and hopefully in that time Senators Murkowski, and Begich and I can work with Secretary Sebelius to exempt Alaska’s rural communities.”

This bill has not yet been scheduled for a vote in the Senate.

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