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ADA, stakeholders urge Congress to permanently repeal medical device tax

Washington — The ADA, along with more than 140 other organizations, is asking Congress to permanently repeal the medical device tax, although it appears the only move Congress is taking so far is a proposed 5-year moratorium.

A week after the stakeholders sent a letter to congressional leaders, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee introduced legislation that called for a 5-year moratorium on the medical device tax — delaying it until 2025.

In the Dec. 5 letter to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Ranking Member Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and members of Congress, the stakeholders shared their “deep concern” regarding the impact of the medical device excise tax — which is scheduled to be reinstated in 2020 — and the future of medical technology innovation.