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Bidding Program Could Put Companies Out Of Business

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Access to medical equipment is essential, especially for those living in rural parts of the state.

Medical equipment providers say they are concerned because the bidding price for medical equipment will come out of metropolitan areas like Minneapolis or Kansas City. 

That means medical equipment companies here in North Dakota could go out of business, leaving Medicare beneficiaries under-served. Sen. John Hoeven says we need to make a change if we want to keep those companies in business. 

"We can't just have big government and big business; we need competition," says Hoeven. "And that means smaller businesses across this country and that is everywhere, but it's certainly vital in rural areas."

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp also says service to patients is crucial, and mail-order medical equipment for those living in rural areas is not the answer. 

"Whatever you do will provide a reasonable component for delivery of services with in proximity of the patient," says Heitkamp. "That we can't just mail order, mail order wheel chairs. Well, who's gonna measure for wheel chairs?"

Equipment  providers have asked Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp to write a letter to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services that would outline all of the issues they have with the Competitive Bidding Pricing Program, hoping the voices of congress will make a difference for people and businesses in rural states like North Dakota.
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