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Congress Inching Toward Repeal of Medical Device Tax

July 29, 2015

The House of Representatives last month passed the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 160), which would repeal the 2.3-percent excise tax on medical devices included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The action now moves to the Senate, which will likely consider it either just before the August recess or later in the year as part of a larger tax package.

Republicans have largely backed off major efforts to repeal and replace the ACA following the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding protecting a significant part of the law. The device tax, however, is still on the table.

The ADA sent an action alert to its members, asking them to contact their Senators in favor of repeal. ADA members responded quickly and enthusiastically, resulting in 6,500 messages sent to senators. Members who have yet to take action on this issue may visit the action alert page.