Thursday, May 1, 2008

Coordinate Your Capitol Hill Appointments for May 21 Fly-In

A nationwide grassroots effort is underway to suspend Round One of the competitive bidding program. Letters, calls, e-mails and visits with members of Congress are all part of the strategy to raise awareness about the flaws with this program.

On May 21, 2008 all of these efforts will be redoubled as the homecare industry visits Washington D.C. for the AAHomecare Medicare Bidding Fly-In. All efforts will be focused on lobbying Congress to instruct Medicare to suspend Round One of the competitive bidding program and delay Round Two. To register for this event visit:

Participants have been asked to schedule their own meetings for this event, in coordination with their state association. If you are attending the Fly-In and have already begun setting up your appointments, please post the key information on this blog to let others from your state know with whom and when the appointment will be held. If you see a colleague has already begun the process with your legislator, please contact them and work together to avoid dual efforts.

In your posted comment which will appear below, please include your name, contact info, whether you have requested an appointment or have secured an appointment. and with which member of Congress.


judyb said...

Indiana appts scheduled by George Kucka for Indiana delegation on 5/21: Senator Bayh 10:30am; Senator Lugar 12:30pm; Representative Visclosky 2:20pm.

Anonymous said...

I have secured appointment with Rep. Kay Granger of Texas at 1:00 P.M. Wed the 21st.

C.W. Bell M.S.B. Inc

Kevin Gouy said...

I have calls into Sen. Wyden of Oregon. Sen Smith of Oregon and Rep. Wu of Oregon to followup on visits during NCART fly-in in DC last week. Possible meetings with Sen. Brownback of Kansas and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Also following up from meetings at Missouri senate and rep offices. Will post times as they are confirmed.

Kevin Gouy
United Seating and Mobility

Robbin said...

NEMED has scheduled an appointment with Sen. Joseph Lieberman's office on the 21st at 12:00 noon- 706 Hart Building - RB

Anonymous said...

VADMEC - Tom Inman has setup appointments with Rob Wittman at 2:30PM and Bobby Scott at 3:00PM on the 21st.

Anonymous said...

Update--Granger of Texas @1;00PM and Cornyn of Texas @ 11:00 AM

c w bell

Anonymous said...

Confirmed appointment with TN Congressman Steve Cohen 11am...waiting for Congressman Blackburn and Senators Corker & Alexander

Gene Ray
Southern Diabetic Supply Co

GAMES said...

Georgia Appointments

10:00 am
Saxby Chambliss
/ Justin Clay
416 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-3521

10:30 am
Broun, Paul C.,
Georgia, 10th
2104 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4101

11:00 am
Westmoreland, Lynn A.,
Georgia, 3rd
1213 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5901

1:00 pm
Price, Tom, Georgia,
6th / Emily Henehan
424 Cannon House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4501

Georgie Blackburn said...

Congressman Jason Altmire - 11:50 AM

Anonymous said...

RSVP for all Hill meetings to

Maryland National Capital Homecare Association, Contact: Kathleen Sheehan (202) 309-4919 or Note: staff may change appointments. Go to for updated list of appointments.

11am Sarbanes, John P.(D-MD-3)202-225-4016 CHOB 426
Staff: Delicia Reynolds

11:30 Ruppersberger, C.A. Dutch (D-MD-2) 202-225-3061 LHOB 1730
Staff : Walter Gonzales

10 am Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD-5) 202-225-4131 LHOB 1705
Staff : Elizabeth Thomas

Van Hollen, Chris (D-MD-8) 202-225-5341 LHOB 1707
Staff: Ray Thorn

Gilchrest, Wayne T. (R-MD-1) 202-225-5311 RHOB 2245
Staff : Kathryn Godburn

Bartlett, Roscoe G. (R-MD-6) 202-225-2721 RHOB 2412
Staff: Faye Powers

1 pm Cummings, Elijah E. (D-MD-7) 202-225-4741 RHOB 2235
Staff: Danielle Grote

Wynn, Albert Russell (D-MD-4) 202-225-8699 RHOB 2470
(Rep. Wynn leave office end of May)
Staff : Erika Appell

Senator Mikulski Barbara A. (D)Hart -503 (202) 224-4654
Staff: Ellen Marie Whelan

Senator Cardin, Ben (D) Hart -509 (202) 224-4524
Staff: Priscilla Ross

Robbin said...

9:00 Rep. B. Frank, 2252 Rayburn
11:30 CT Sen.Chris Dodd 404B Hart
12:00 CT Sen.Joe Lieberman 706 Hart
12:45 CT Rep.J Larson 1005 Longworth
1:30 CT Rep.Chris Murphy 501 Cannon
2:00 ME Rep. Tom Allen 1127 Longworth
2:30 MA Rep. Rich Neal 2208 Rayburn
3:15 MA Rep. Ed Markey 2108 Rayburn

Anonymous said...

Confirmed May 21, Tennessee:
11am - Congressman Cohen
2:30pm - Curtis Swagger Sen Alexander
3:30pm - Hunter Bethea Sen Corker

Gene Ray
Southern Diabetic
Memphis, TN

Anonymous said...

Confirmed appointments for Tennessee
11:00am Congressman Cohen
2:30pm Curts Swagger - Sen
3:30pm Hunter Bethea - Sen Corker
4:30pm Congressman Marsha Blackburn and Cara Dalmolin

Gene Ray
Southern Diabetic Supply
Memphis, TN

judyb said...

At this time we have ten Kentucky Home Medical Equipment Company representative attending. They are:

Wayne Knewasser, VP of Public Relations and Government Affairs for Premier Home Medical in Louisville, Kentucky;
Thad Connally III, President of First Choice Home Medical in Bowling Green, Kentucky;
David Gould, VP of Home Medical Equipment for Gould’s Discount Medical in Louisville, Kentucky;
Kenny Gould, VP of Rehab for Gould’s Discount Medical in Louisville, Kentucky;
Donnie Knight, Office Manager for Premier Home Medical in Louisville, Kentucky;
Bill Remke, President of Remke Medical in Edgewood, Kentucky;
Jason Orr, President of Orr Medical in Paducha, Kentucky;
Bill Hewlett, President of Legacy Oxygen and Homecare Equipment in Paducha, Kentucky;
Gale Devin, President of Holdaway Medical in Louisville, Kentucky; and Judy Bunn, Executive Director for the Kentucky Medical Equipment Suppliers’ Association in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Appt scheduled to date are

Rep Ed Whitfield 10:00am with Jeff Mortier (Cong Whitfield is NOT available)

Rep Ben Chandler 11:30am with Jennifer Prather (Cong Chander MAY BE available…still working)
Senator Mitch McConnell 3:00pm with Scott Raab (Senator McConnell is NOT available)

Rep John Yarmuth 4:30pm with Congressman Yarmuth (!!)

One Senate appointment still pending

Three congressional appointments still pending

Judy Bunn

judyb said...

Additional appointments for Indiana:

Rep Steve Buyer 11:30am (not sure of Rep Buyer is available...still working)
Rep Joe Donnelly 3:00pm (Rep Donnelly is NOT available)

Indiana delegation:
George Kucka Scherrerville Indiana
Steve Smith Anderson Indiana
Tim Livesay Anderson Indiana
Kim Wagner Rising Sun Indiana
Dante Phillips Anderson Indiana
Judy Bunn Indianapolis Indiana

Beth Bowen said...

Beth Bowen, NCAMES is scheduling appointment for it's NC members on 5/21.

Senator Elizabeth Dole - 2pm
Cong. David Price (4th District) 1:15 pm

Questions, call 919-387-1221

Anonymous said...

Janet from Florida will meet with Mel Martinez at 10am on May 21. e-mail
attempting appointment with Senator Nelson. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Anonymous said...

SC appts:

10:00 Barrett's office
11:00 Spratt's office
12:00 Clyburn's office
12:30 Wilson's office
1:00 Inglis' office
1:30 Brown's office
3:00 Graham's office
3:45 DeMint's office