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Device tax repeal legislation advances in Congress

June 10, 2015

By Craig Palmer

Washington – In related communications, the Association urged the U.S. House of Representatives "to repeal the burdensome excise tax on medical devices" and called for ADA members to advocate repeal with their members of Congress.

"The dental manufacturing industry estimates that the medical device tax increases the cost of dental care by over $160 million annually resulting in harm to our patients and an increase in the overall cost of health care," the Association said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

"The American Dental Association (ADA), the nation's oldest and largest dental association, representing more than 158,000 dentist members, strongly supports the repeal of the medical device excise tax, and we urge you to call a vote on H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act. This legislation was voted favorably out of the Committee on Ways and Means on June 2, 2015 with bipartisan support."

An ADA Engage Action Alert told members that the House is expected to vote later in the month on repealing the medical device tax, "which places a financial burden on the research and device community as well as disincentives on innovation and new technology."

"Please take a moment to urge your member of Congress to repeal this burdensome tax," the alert said.

Certain medical and dental devices are subject to the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax under the Affordable Care Act. The tax is payable by the manufacturer of the covered device. More information on the device tax and Association repeal advocacy is available at ADA.org.