Since the 113th Congress began, the repeal of medical device tax included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been discussed among both Democrats and Republicans, in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. The 2.3 percent medical device tax went into effect on sales of taxable medical devices on December 31, 2012. Examples of medical device tax repeal legislation introduced into the 113th Congress include:
In the House of Representatives:
In the Senate:
When Members of Congress return to Washington on September 9th, the spending debate and the federal budgeting process will kick into high gear as the current Continuing Resolution (CR), which keeps the government running, expires on September 30th. The status and repeal of the medical device tax is expected to remain a top issue for both Democrats and Republicans.
HIMSS follows such bills closely and compares them against the HIMSS Board-approved Public Policy Principles. Please check the HIMSS Legislative Action Center to track progress of medical device and other health IT-related legislation.