The momentum is building…on April 1, 2009 Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) filed a bill to address the DXA cuts. (S.769 Medicare Fracture Prevention and Osteoporosis Testing Act). In the House, Representative Shelley Berkley (D-1st-NV)) and Representative Michael Burgess (R-26th-TX) introduced companion legislation H.R. 1894. These bills would return reimbursement for DXA to 2006 levels or $140. Click here for a copy of the legislation, Dear Colleagues (letters sent by the bill sponsors to their colleagues asking them to co-sponsor the bills), and a list of the original co-sponsors of the legislation.
We are well positioned in this session of Congress. The administration and Congressional leaders are focusing on disease prevention as a major part of any healthcare reform initiative. Osteoporosis and DXA testing are the perfect model for disease prevention. Osteoporosis is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, has reached epidemic proportions making screen methods cost effective and can be accurately diagnosed and treated with FDA approved medications. The DXA issue is striking a chord with policy makers who see disease prevention as an answer to many of the problems with the current healthcare system.
Our aggressive advocacy efforts will continue in upcoming months. We will need your help to convince as many members of Congress as possible to show their support for osteoporosis testing. By adding their names as co-sponsors to the DXA bills, we will show the widespread support for this issue. We will continue to enlist your help through membership wide e-mails or as we work district-by-district and state-by-state to gain the sponsorship of key members of Congress. We may call upon you to send an updated letter through our Advocacy Web site, to place a phone call to a Congressional aide or to help us locate patients who have been or will be affected by the cuts. We will also be coordinating our grassroots efforts with our partners at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), American College of Rheumatology (ACRheum), The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) and The Endocrine Society (TES) as well as our industry partners.
Your contribution to our efforts remains critical. As always, your response in the past few weeks has been tremendous as ISCD members have sent almost 1,500 e-mails on the DXA bills to 84 Senators and 266 House members. Currently 6 Senators have sponsored the DXA bill and 69 House members have signed on as co-sponsors. Our goal in the House is to have 100 co-sponsors by Memorial Day.
If you can help with a particular member of Congress, have a story to tell about how a patient or you have been affected by the cuts, or have questions, please contact ISCD’s Legislative Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: December 27, 2012