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Stop Competitive Bidding
  • Petitioned Medicare

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Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Medicare
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Stop Competitive Bidding

    1. Eric Cohen
    2. Petition by

      Eric Cohen

      Wellesley, MA

If you or a loved one is a Medicare beneficiary, you should know that a program Medicare calls “competitive bidding” may affect you and your family. 

In nearly every major metropolitan area across the country, Medicare is asking providers of home medical equipment and services to bid low in order to qualify as one of a reduced number of providers allowed furnish this equipment and service under Medicare. In this program, Medicare is focusing on reducing the number of care providers rather than improving care that is provided.  You will be required to obtain your home medical equipment and supplies from a company that the government will select.  Your right to choose will be very limited.

What this could mean for you?  

1. It may be more difficult to access high quality providers.

2. Companies that value excellent patient services and providing high quality equipment may no longer be able to provide this level of care.

While Medicare expects to save money by cutting reimbursement rates to these providers, the reality is that fewer Medicare beneficiaries will be able to receive the type of services and equipment they need to remain safe and independent at home. As a result, we will see more emergency room visits, hospitalizations, nursing home admissions, and dangerous health outcomes.  And in the long run, this will cost taxpayers more money and cause needless suffering for millions of older Americans and people with disabilities.  In fact, a February 6 editorial in The Wall Street Journal, described this “competitive bidding” program as “idiotic and designed for failure.” 

Your health and your family’s health is not a commodity that should be auctioned off to the lowest possible bidder.   In the initial nine areas of the country where this bidding program has taken effect, Medicare data from 2011 shows a drastic drop off in utilization of medically required equipment and services such as oxygen, CPAP, hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, and other cost-effective items that allow people to continue living a health life at home. 

But most politicians in Congress do not understand how home medical equipment helps families and saves money.  And because of that, we need your help. Please support our efforts to change the way proper patient care is delivered. In just one click, you can cast your vote for better home care. Please join the thousands of voters who know that healthcare services should not go to the lowest bidder.

We are asking everyone to take a stand. Please sign this petition and cast your vote to ask Medicare to focus on delivering better healthcare and not reducing services. 

After you sign this petition, also send a letter to your politicians with one click!

http://capwiz.com/aahomecare/issues/alert/?alertid=58480511

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Share this PFQC Video

      Eric Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      People for Quality Care put together a video that shows, in a simple and clear way, the limitations of Medicare's Competitive Bidding program. Watch it and please share it with friends, family and colleagues. When you share it, include a link to this petition.

    2. Please Contact Your Senators

      Eric Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      People for Quality Care, in their March 2012 newsletter, requests all supporters of this petition contact their Senators to ask them to push for the necessary Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
      score for the Market Pricing Program. Follow the link below for more information about the Market Pricing Program and simple directions on how to email your Senators.

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
    4. Time to Visit Capitol Hill

      Eric Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      We're here in Washington D.C. preparing to visit Capitol Hill. When speak with congress men and women, as well as Senators, tomorrow (Thursday), we're going to reference how many people have signed this petition. Please send this link to everyone you know and ask them to sign it ASAP!
      There were over 300,000+ signatures for Bank of America to stop a $5 fee. This is a MUCH bigger impact. This will affect all of us! Help get the word out to sign this petition.

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Drug Store Association Opposes Competitive Bidding

      Eric Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      The Drug Store Association joins the fast growing list of groups, organizations and associations that oppose competitive bidding.

    7. Wall Street Journal Editorial

      Eric Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      Wall Street Journal editorial labels competitive bidding as a ‘scheme’.

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures
    9. 5 National Organizations Support Our Petition

      Eric Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      All of the following National Organizations have asked their membership to support this petition!

      AMEPA
      AAHomecare
      Med Group
      VGM
      NAIMES

    10. 14 State Associations Covering 24 States Support Our Petition

      Eric Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      14 associations have asked all their members to support changing competitive bidding!

    11. Reached 1,000 signatures
    12. American Sleep Apnea Association Tweets and Blogs About Our Petition

      Eric Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      The American Sleep Apnea Association has many members that will be negatively impacted if competitive bidding is not stopped

    13. NEMED On Board

      Eric Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      The New England Medical Equipment Dealers and Association is asking all constituents to get behind this petition.

    14. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kelly Lynn HODGKINS, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Thank You I will now be out of a job & the company's that won your so called BID will never be able to keep up with the demand & the worst part is the Patient will suffer... Shame on you!!!!

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    • Fred Pavey WICHITA, KS
      • almost 2 years ago

      It will lead to non-personalized service which will reduce personal care provided by current suppliers and potentially increase physician and hospital treatment.

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    • Chris Pattison CARSON CITY, NV
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because of competitive bidding I have actually seen an influx of companies interested in becoming one of my distributors. However, I am morally against competitive bidding in any form and have seen cut backs in the first aid industry because of it. It is not the governments place to tell consumers where to purchase their products. It is the governments place to make sure that every person has the right to open any type of business that they want to, collect their taxes and get out of the way!

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    • Suzanne Spinelli MIDDLEBURY, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because, as an economics major, I know and understand the idea of monopoly and this is indeed what the administration will be providing for us, a monopoly based on reducing costs. Which is, in my never humble opinion. WRONG. We need to have the freedom to choose the providers we want. The government can't even get aid to the people that need it in times of duress (i.e. Katrina, Sandy, and other events), how can we expect the governmental behemoth to provide for our beloved elderly and disabled?

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    • Michelle Perkins METAIRIE, LA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe every patient deserves the best care available to them and this does not always mean a bigger company.

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