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March 2009
Vol. 19 No. 3
Policy and Advocacy
Forum Makes the Case for Medicare Coverage of Home Infusion Therapy

IDSA members participated in a Capitol Hill event to call attention to the need for Medicare to cover home infusion therapy.

The event, which included congressional office visits and a home infusion educational forum, was designed to educate legislators and their staff on the improved patient outcomes and satisfaction and lower costs that would result from Medicare coverage of infusion therapies in the home setting. Patients were on hand to talk about how the lack of Medicare coverage has negatively impacted them.

IDSA has endorsed the Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Coverage Act, which now has more than 50 House and Senate co-sponsors thanks in part to the efforts of IDSA members and local ID societies.

For more information, including how you can help support the bill, see www.idsociety.org/homeinfusions.htm.  Please contact IDSA staff at jscull@idsociety.org if you would like to arrange a face-to-face meeting at your legislators' Capitol Hill or district offices.
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