MedTech President Speaks Before Senate Majority Coalition on Regulatory Reform

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sept. 11, 2013 — Jessica Crawford, president of MedTech Association, a non-profit membership organization for the bio/med industry in New York state, spoke before the New York State Senate Majority Coalition this afternoon at a legislative forum on regulatory reform at Buffalo's Roswell ParkResearch Studies Center.

Today was the first in a series of forums designed to identify regulatory reform as part of the coalition’s bipartisan effort to eliminate the most costly government regulations that hinder business and job growth and drive up local taxes. Crawford spoke today as part of a forum on medical technology and health regarding modifying New York State's current system of assessing Medicaid spending on medical technology.

Under the current system, the coverage process does not allow for inputs from consumers, advocates, patients or the bio/med industry. Already, the New York State Department of Health has eliminated coverage for technologies including certain treatments for back pain, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy.

“While these technologies may be costly upfront, they can save lives and money in the long run,” said Crawford. “The loss of Medicaid funding for such treatments also restricts the medical device industry's ability to supply patients with life-saving technologies. This sends the wrong message to industry in New York, ultimately slowing job growth and economic progress.”

To increase the transparency and integrity of the Medicaid assessment process, the Senate, led by Senator Kemp Hannon, passed bill S4509on June 10, 2013, that proposed a health technology assessment committee under the Department of Health. Consisting of 13 members with backgrounds in health care and health technology, the committee would provide coverage recommendations grounded in clinical effectiveness and safety. Assemblyman Joseph Morellesponsored a companion bill,A7528, which has been referred to the health committee.  

"Enacting these bills is a great first step toward ensuring the sustenance and growth of the medical device industry in western New York and across the state," Crawford said.

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