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ALS: Lawmakers urge Medicare to make speech assist tech more affordable

December 9, 2014 by Brian Johnson

A bipartisan group of legislators in Washington want Medicare to include speech assist devices in its national coverage determinations for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make changes to its national coverage determinations on speech assist devices used by patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

This week Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Reps. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) penned a letter to Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner urging the federal health insurance program to alter its policy on speech assist devices.

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Capitol Hill: Medical device tax fight could come as early as January

December 8, 2014 by Brian Johnson

Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act could be 1st up as the GOP takes control of both houses of Congress.

Medical device tax fight on Capitol Hill could come as early as January

Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its 2.3% medical device tax could come as soon as next month.

In an interview with CQ Roll Call, the veteran lawmaker promised to make repealing the healthcare reform law his top priority and hinted that a vote could come as soon as U.S. Senate officially transfers control to Republicans Jan. 6, 2015.

Bill would curb FDA oversight of EHRs

November 25, 2014 by MassDevice

A draft bill making the rounds in Washington would curb the FDA's oversight of electronic health records and some clinical support software.

Bill would curb FDA oversight of EHRs

(Reuters) — A draft bill is circulating in Washington that would curb the FDA's oversight of electronic medical records and some clinical support software, according to a copy of the legislation seen by Reuters.

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GOP knives are out for Obama's medical device tax

November 12, 2014 by MassDevice

Republicans flush from their mid-term election romp are sharpening their knives as they look to excise the medical device tax from Obamacare.

GOP knives are out for Obama's medical device tax

(Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress will soon move to kill a medical device tax imposed less than 2 years ago under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, congressional aides and analysts said today.

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Analysis: Medtech gains on Wall Street and the Beltway with big GOP win

November 5, 2014 by Brian Johnson

Medical device stocks are on the rise today as investors react to sweeping Republican gains in the mid-term elections, which raises the likelihood of repealing the medical device tax.

Analysis: Medtech gains on Wall Street and the Beltway with big GOP win

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Medtech's betting on the GOP in midterm elections

October 24, 2014 by Brian Johnson

A look at the top 10 politicial action committee donations shows that medtech is betting heavily on a GOP win in the midterm elections.

Medtech's betting on the GOP in midterm elections

The medical device industry is betting on a Republican sweep of the U.S. Congress during the 2014 mid term elections, according to a MassDevice.com analysis of donations made by the industry's 10 largest political action committees.

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