Sending Office: Honorable Earl Blumenauer
Current Cosponsors: Blumenauer*, Holding*, Butterfield*, Brooks, Brownley, Clay, Davis (CA), Evans, Fitzpatrick, Garamendi, Gonzalez-Colon, Kelly (IL), Kelly (PA), Kind, Lesko, Luria, Marchant, Matsui, McGovern,
Nadler, Price, Sewell, Smith (NE), Smith (NJ)
We are writing to urge you to cosponsor our bipartisan legislation, H.R. 2905, the Medicare IVIG Access Enhancement Act. The bill would provide much-needed assistance to Medicare patients suffering from two rare diseases, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating
Polyneuropathy (CIDP) and Multifocal Motor Neuropathy (MMN). These debilitating conditions are the result of a patient’s own immune system attacking their motor nerves, leading to compromised mobility and reduced quality of life. Patients are frequently treated
with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG), a plasma-derived medicine that can significantly improve health outcomes for these vulnerable patient populations.
Given the mobility challenges associated with CIDP and MMN, treatment in the home is the preferred site of care for many patients. Unfortunately, Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service does not provide coverage for the home infusion of IVIG for these beneficiaries.
Our legislation would create a three-year demonstration project extending Medicare coverage of IVIG therapy in the home for the treatment of CIDP and MMN for up to 3,000 patients. This program would be similar to a Medicare IVIG home infusion demonstration
project currently available to patients with primary immune deficiency diseases.
The establishment of a home infusion option for patients with CIDP and MMN will help promote therapy adherence, enhance quality of life, and promote positive health outcomes for beneficiaries with CIDO and MMN. We hope you will join us in support of this
legislation by becoming a cosponsor.
For more information on H.R. 2905 or to become a co-sponsor, please contact Martha Cramer in Rep. Blumenauer’s office at Martha.Cramer@mail.house.gov, Sarah
Gilbert in Rep. Holding’s office at Sarah.Gilbert@mail.house.gov, or Caitlin Van Sant in Rep. Butterfield’s office at Caitlin.VanSant@mail.house.gov.
Earl Blumenauer George Holding
Member of Congress Member of Congress
G. K. Butterfield
Member of Congress
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