NHIA endorses home infusion therapy bill

June 11, 2007

NHIA said the legislation would close a gap in Medicare drug coverage that is affecting the sickest, most vulnerable patients.

The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) hailed the introduction of H.R. 2567, the Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Coverage Act of 2007. This legislation was introduced by Representatives Eliot Engel (D, N.Y.), Kay Granger (R, Texas), Tammy Baldwin (D, Wis.), Chip Pickering (R, Miss.), Randy Kuhl (R, N.Y.), and John Tierney (D, Mass.). NHIA said the legislation would close a gap in Medicare drug coverage that is affecting the sickest, most vulnerable patients. "Unfortunately, Medicare beneficiaries are being denied access to home infusion therapy simply because Part D will not pay for the professional services, equipment, and supplies necessary to safely administer the treatment in the home," said NHIA. Commenting on the bill, Granger said, "The bill would cover home infusion supplies, equipment, and professional services under Part B, thereby making the Part D coverage of infusion drugs meaningful and effective."

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