Bill to require Medicare to cover home infusion

July 31, 2006

A bill (H.R. 5791) has been introduced in Congress that would require Medicare to cover all aspects of home infusion therapy under Part B. The Medicare Home Infusion Consolidated Coverage Act of 2006, which would cover drugs, supplies, and professional services, was introduced by Reps. Kay Granger (R, Texas), Eliot Engel (D, N.Y.), Randy Kuhl (R, N.Y.), and Tammy Baldwin (D, Wis.).

Bill to require Medicare to cover home infusion

A bill (H.R. 5791) has been introduced in Congress that would require Medicare to cover all aspects of home infusion therapy under Part B. The Medicare Home Infusion Consolidated Coverage Act of 2006, which would cover drugs, supplies, and professional services, was introduced by Reps. Kay Granger (R, Texas), Eliot Engel (D, N.Y.), Randy Kuhl (R, N.Y.), and Tammy Baldwin (D, Wis.). Commenting on the bill, Lorrie Kaplan, executive director of the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA), stated, "Home infusion providers welcome the opportunity to participate in the Medicare program and help beneficiaries take advantage of the same positive outcomes that home infusion therapy has brought to private-sector patients for decades. CMS generally agrees with NHIA that the current Part D structure is not a proper fit for home infusion but insists that only Congress is authorized to consolidate coverage under Part B. We are therefore delighted that H.R. 5791 would require the coverage."

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