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 12/6/17 - UPDATE: H.R.3271 - Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act of 2017

LATEST ACTION: December 6, 2017 - Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 329.

BILL TITLE: Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act of 2017


Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act of 2017

This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to modify provisions relating to Medicare's competitive acquisition program (through which rates are set through a competitive bidding program rather than by an established fee schedule) with respect to diabetic testing strips. Specifically, the bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to:

use specified data to determine whether a bid satisfies certain requirements related to volume of coverage with respect to such products,

reject a bid if the bidder does not demonstrate its ability to furnish such products in a manner consistent with its bid, and

establish a process to monitor the extent to which an entity continues to cover the product types included in its bid.

The CMS may terminate a contract if it determines that an entity, for reasons other than product discontinuation or market-wide shortage, fails to maintain ready access to such products included its bid.

In addition, the bill specifies that an entity furnishing such products to beneficiaries under the program: (1) must furnish to each beneficiary a brand of strips that is compatible with the beneficiary's home blood glucose monitor, (2) may not attempt to influence or incentivize a beneficiary to switch the brand of either type of product, and (3) must contact and receive a request from a beneficiary no more than 14 days prior to dispensing a refill to the beneficiary.

[NOTE: The contents of this legislative update are current as of 06:00 AM on December 7, 2017.]

BILL NUMBER: 115th Congress: House Bill 3271 (H.R.3271)

CHAMBER OF ORIGIN: U.S. House of Representatives

CURRENT CHAMBER: U.S. House of Representatives



ACTIONS-TO-DATE (ordered by most recent first):

12/06/2017 House Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 329.

12/06/2017 House Committee on Ways and Means discharged.

12/06/2017 House Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 115-447, Part I.

10/04/2017 House Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.

10/04/2017 House Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

09/13/2017 House Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

09/13/2017 House Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

07/31/2017 House Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

07/21/2017 House Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

07/17/2017 House Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

07/17/2017 House Introduced in House.


Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]


[*Note: Sponsors and co-sponsors are current as of December 6, 2017. For the most up-to-date version of the sponsor and co-sponsor lists, visit: ]

Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5]

Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23]

Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]

Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]

Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]

Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6]

Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8]

Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3]

Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2]

Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6]

Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7]

Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]

COMMITTEES: House Ways and Means Committee; House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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