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CLSA Wire

California Democratic Letter To House Leadership In Support Of The Medical Device Tax Repeal

By Dani Mitchell & Molly Fishman
Nov. 20, 2019

On November 18, 2019, as a result of the advocacy of CLSA’s Washington, D.C. based team and the leadership of Congressman Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), a California Democratic Delegation letter was sent to House Leadership urging swift action to repeal the medical device tax before the end of the year. The letter was cosigned by 16 Democratic members of the California Delegation – all of whom are cosponsors of H.R. 2207, the Protect Medical Innovation of Act of 2019.

Additionally, on November 20th, Congressman Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) agreed to cosponsor H.R. 2207, bringing the total California Delegation cosponsorship number to 27 – which is over half of our state’s entire House Delegation. With Rep. Levin’s support, the bill now includes six out of six (100%!) of our California Delegation Freshmen Members of Congress as cosponsors of H.R. 2207. A special thank you to all of our CLSA members for your diligence and persistence in communicating the importance of our state’s medical technology sector and the damaging effects the device tax will have on innovation and patient access to our Members of Congress.

As you know, the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices will go back into effect on January 1, 2020 unless Congress takes action to stop it. With over 19 percent of the U.S. medical technology jobs located in California, the tax will disproportionately impact our state. In addition to activating our Congressional champions, CLSA also recently joined our national medical technology association partners MDMA, AdvaMed, MITA, and over 600 organizations in sending a multi-sector coalition letter to Congress urging them to repeal the medical device tax before it goes back into effect on January 1, 2020.

We encourage you to take action and urge Congress to permanently repeal the medical device tax.

Questions? Please contact Molly Fishman, CLSA’s Director of Federal Government Relations (mfishman@califesciences.org).