Via AAHomecare, WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2018)—Representatives from AAHomecare member companies in the manufacturing segment met to discuss a response to proposed tariffs of 25 percent for medical equipment sourced from China. AAHomecare will be submitting comments to the U.S. Trade Representative on behalf of the HME industry and will also coordinate advocacy from manufacturers and other stakeholders against the proposed tariffs.
In a reimbursement environment that finds suppliers dealing with extremely narrow or even negative margins in many product categories, a sudden increase in costs for Chinese-manufactured equipment would cause significant hardship and disruption for suppliers and their patients. In that light, a vigorous response from the Association and the HME community is certainly warranted.
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