CLSA Pushes for Suspension of Medical Device Tax in Year-End Legislation Package

By Jenny Nieto 
December 15, 2018

The House of Representatives is expected to vote this month on a tax extenders package that, among other things, includes a 5-year suspension of the medical device excise tax. This suspension would be added to the end of the current suspension, which runs through 2019, and would thus suspend the tax through 2024. While CLSA and our allied stakeholders continue to support and advocate for a full and permanent repeal, this lengthy suspension is a welcomed reprieve, and we are supportive of its enactment.

CLSA has opposed the medical device excise tax since it was proposed and implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and we have been working ever since to see it permanently repealed. We applauded the two-year moratorium on the device tax, passed in January, as an important step toward preserving our state’s and nation’s vibrant medical device sector, and have worked aggressively in close collaboration and coordination with our membership, our national trade association partners at AdvaMed, MDMA and MITA, and alongside our California Congressional Delegation toward a permanent long-term repeal of the device tax.

CLSA has issued a statement lauding the inclusion of the 5-year extension in the extenders bill – the statement is available on our website, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Also, in coordination with our national trade association partner, AdvaMed, and several medtech member companies, CLSA initiated a bipartisan California delegation letter urging action on medical device tax repeal before the end of the year.  Led by Reps. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) the letter has bipartisan support from 9 additional members of the delegation: Democratic Reps. Ami Bera, MD (D-Elk Grove), Susan Davis (D-San Diego), Scott Peters (D-San Diego), Jackie Speier (D-South San Francisco), and Eric Swalwell (D-East Bay), and GOP Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Corona), Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon), Steve Knight (R-Simi Valley), and David Valadao (R-Hanford).  The letter is available here.

To add your voice to the discussion and support the call for repeal, visit our grassroots advocacy portal to send a letter to your federal legislator – click here to TAKE ACTION!

Questions? Please contact Jenny Nieto, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations & Alliance Development (