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house Bill H.R. 284

Tightening Up The Rules For Bidding On Medicare Equipment Contracts

Argument in favor

This legislation would make the Medicare bidding process more transparent, and prevent bidders from submitting predatory low-ball bids. It also protects Medicare beneficiaries and taxpayer dollars.

Brandon's Opinion
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03/16/2015
Ideally we need to get private vendors and contractors out of the medical industry entirely. Until that happens though, we can at least reduce the number of private companies making money off of taxpayers through predatory bidding practices.
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JonRunyan's Opinion
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04/11/2015
Let's make it a true bidding process and not a total shell game.
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B.R.'s Opinion
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04/22/2016
This would definitely stop the games played and rightly so.
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Argument opposed

Requiring vendors to fulfill their bids could discourage some vendors from bidding in the first place, which may in turn affect the amount of medical supplies available through Medicare.

Cary's Opinion
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04/08/2015
Requiring a bond to make a bid puts an unnecessary hurdle in an otherwise competitive environment.
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Lea's Opinion
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03/16/2015
My concern is that requiring a bond in order to submit an equipment bid would stifle innovators and smaller companies from offering or providing products in the name of "transparency" in the process.
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Carol's Opinion
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03/20/2015
Vendors should be required to fulfill their bids and government needs someone honest to oversee.
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    Ideally we need to get private vendors and contractors out of the medical industry entirely. Until that happens though, we can at least reduce the number of private companies making money off of taxpayers through predatory bidding practices.
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    Requiring a bond to make a bid puts an unnecessary hurdle in an otherwise competitive environment.
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    Let's make it a true bidding process and not a total shell game.
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    My concern is that requiring a bond in order to submit an equipment bid would stifle innovators and smaller companies from offering or providing products in the name of "transparency" in the process.
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    There are too many problems with the competitive bid program. Medicare has spent millions implementing it and even more in administration fees. Quality of equipment has gone way down and companies can no longer provide the service that is needed. Any willing provider at a set price should replace this program. Reading the comments, I see how little the public knows about the DME industry. If you think we make millions off taxpayers. You are wrong. We are less than 1% of a Medicare dollar. The bidding process is truly a joke. You have winners from other areas winning bids in your area that can not give you service if something goes wrong. You have national companies that are there but provide horrible service. If you think fewer providers is the answer, you better hope you never need anything. If you expect better quality and pay cheaper prices, you won't get it. Most DMEs right now are struggling to stay in business because margins are very small. Most companies are going to cash only. Soon, you won't find anyone that takes insurance and prices will not be cheaper. Better wake up before this industry is gone.
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    This would definitely stop the games played and rightly so.
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    I'm for outlying predatory low-ball bids, protecting taxpayers, and increasing the quality of products available through Medicare.
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    I don't like Medicare froad
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    Vendors should be required to fulfill their bids and government needs someone honest to oversee.
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    I can't believe this hasn't been part of the process already. Bids must be binding, bonds should be posted.
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    Not sure if this right or not. Make medical work and cheap. It is FOR the PEOPLE, not the bottom dollar.
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    Rules need to be in place to forego inconsistencies and cheating by the system.
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    In general yes but this is really rather vague
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    This seems really obvious. Companies should not be guessing, they should play it safely. Worst thing that happens is that the winning bid gets a bit more money
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    Without this attention to the process we taxpayers have often borne the corruption of sweetheart deals and cost overruns.
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    Reasons stated
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    Common sense. Please ensure we are making good decisions with our tax dollars.
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    If a company bids on a service/product, it must honor it.
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    I'm sure if you peel back the layers.....there is a certain amount of improper bidding for these contracts!
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