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Device tax repeal bills offered

ADA renews calls for passage

January 20, 2015 Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., reintroduced legislation in the 114th Congress to repeal the excise tax on medical devices, which was imposed in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The ADA lobbied for repeal in the last Congress and plans to continue lobbying for repeal in the new Congress.

ADA members who are signed up for Engage, the Association grassroots action network, will receive action alerts and instructions on contacting their members of Congress to urge support for the repeal legislation. The Association also will continue working with a large coalition of health care and business groups that oppose the tax.

House and Senate passage are expected. The president, however, has stated that he would veto the legislation as the tax is a significant ACA funding mechanism. Congress would have to find a way to replace lost revenues if the tax is repealed. The ADA News will provide continuing updates on this legislation.