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CLSA Launches Grassroots Campaigns, Builds Momentum to Repeal Medical Device Tax & IPAB
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June 22, 2017

CLSA continues to lead efforts to build support within the California congressional delegation for the repeal of two policies that harm life sciences investment and innovation: the medical device tax and Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)

CLSA is strongly supportive of a repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a controversial advisory board enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which threatens seniors’ care and could harm biomedical innovation by reducing incentives for investment in new research and product development.

CLSA worked in close collaboration with the national trade associations and our member companies to support reintroduction of legislation to repeal the IPAB in the form of H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act. CLSA helped secure Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-Palm Desert) as the lead Democratic sponsor of the bill in the 115th Congress, and to date, we have encouraged the support of 17 additional bipartisan California delegation cosponsors of the bill, including: Reps. Nanette Barragán (D-Carson), Ami Bera, MD (D-Sacramento), Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks), Ken Calvert (R-Corona), Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), Paul Cook (R-Yucaipa), Jeff Denham (R-Modesto), Doug LaMalfa (R-Oroville), Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica), Devin Nunes (R-Fresno), Scott Peters (D-San Diego), Ed Royce (R-Brea), and Linda Sánchez (D-Cerritos). Norma Torres (D-Pomona), David Valadao (R-Hanford) and Mimi Walters (R-Irvine).

Medical Device Tax

CLSA has continued efforts to bolster support for the repeal of the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax that was enacted as a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). CLSA is proud that almost half of our congressional delegation is confirmed as cosponsors of H.R. 184, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, a bill to fully and permanently repeal the device tax.

Current California delegation cosponsors include Reps. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), Ami Bera, M.D. (D-Sacramento), Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks), Ken Calvert (R-Corona), Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley), Lou Correa* (D-Santa Ana), Jeff Denham (R-Modesto), Duncan Hunter (R-Temecula), Darrell Issa (R-Vista), Ro Khanna* (D-Fremont), Steve Knight (R-Simi Valley), Doug LaMalfa (R-Redding), Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica), Tom McClintock (R-Roseville), Devin Nunes (R-Clovis), Scott Peters (D-San Diego), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), Ed Royce (R-Brea), Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Pal Desert), Jackie Speier (D-Menlo Park), Eric Swalwell (D-Pleasanton), Norma Torres (D-Pomona), David Valadao (R-Bakersfield) and Mimi Walters (R-Irvine).

CLSA is supplementing our advocacy efforts on the ground in Washington, D.C. with digital advocacy campaigns to allow CLSA’s broad membership to engage on key legislation and public policies and help grow California’s life sciences sector. You can support the IPAB Repeal campaign here, and the Medical Device Tax Repeal campaign here.

Questions? Please contact Jenny Carey, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Alliance Development (jcarey@califesciences.org).