DTA Legislative Alert: Medical Device Tax

The Dental Trade Alliance (DTA)  has issued the following Grassroots Alert on Medical Device Excise Tax.

As Congress returns to address a myriad of issues left on the table from the previous legislative session, health care remains high on the priority list. Addressing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health centers, addressing expired Medicare provisions, and repealing Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) tax provisions such as the medical device tax are high on the to do list.

A recent CBO report highlights that the cost of addressing the CHIP program has gone down by $7.5 billion due in part to the elimination of the individual mandate of the ACA. This may make it easier for law makers to address a range of health issues that remain in flux.

Congress must act before January 19, 2018, when the next deadline will come for funding the government to operate. Now is the time to reach out to your elected officials to address the medical device tax. While the device tax was suspended for two years, it was reinstated on January 1. it is critical that Congress take action on the tax before the first payments are due the end of January.

Updated Talking Points:

  • As a member of the Dental Trade Alliance, I am writing to urge repeal of the medical device excise tax because it harms job creation, deters innovation and impedes economic growth. In 2015, Congress suspended the tax for two years. Congress must take immediate action as the moratorium on enforcing the tax expired as of the first of the year.
  • The Dental Trade Alliance is a strong supporter of the Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act (S.108) introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch in the Senate, and the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 (H.R.184) introduced by Rep. Eric Paulsen in the House of Representatives.
  • Strong bipartisan support exists for repealing the medical device excise tax now. Please urge House and Senate leaders to take immediate action.

Visit congress.gov to identify your Members of Congress.

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