Advancing Solutions At The State Level
Ensuring patients have access to innovative treatments and cures requires effective advocacy at all levels of government, including the state level. Accordingly, AdvaMed’s State Government Affairs team works to engage state lawmakers and regulators to advance our policy goals. In 2017, our efforts in the West were significantly enhanced through establishment of a California office. Working in concert with our members, and state and local medtech groups, the team marked key successes across the nation.
AdvaMed successfully blocked New York legislation that would have required a five-year warranty for artificial hips and knees, as well as implanted electronic devices. AdvaMed worked with members and allies in making a strong push against the measure, which would have added unnecessary regulatory costs for manufacturers.
The Association continued to fight state and local government efforts to require costly manufacturer take-back programs for home-generated medical sharps waste and batteries. Successes included defeat of a sharps take-back ordinance in Los Angeles County, and staving off harmful statewide California sharps legislation and a Maine battery proposal.
Successful AdvaMed advocacy resulted in a positive amendment to Georgia legislation regarding licensure of home medical equipment providers, thereby protecting manufacturers’ ability to ship devices directly to patients. The Association also helped block a Colorado proposal to require suppliers of home medical equipment to have an in-state facility.
AdvaMed pushed back against a coordinated campaign in more than a dozen states where legislation was introduced to require electronic product manufacturers to provide repair information to customers and third-party servicers. To date, none of the so-called “Right to Repair” bills has been adopted.
State Medical Technology Alliance
The State Medical Technology Alliance (SMTA), AdvaMed’s network of state and regional trade associations, continued to bolster the industry’s grassroots reach and ability to engage effectively with state and federal policymakers. Under the leadership of Chairman Shaye Mandle, president and CEO of the Medical Alley Association, SMTA enjoyed markedly increased engagement and recruited seven new associations to the group. At SMTA’s annual Capitol Hill Fly-In in March, members engaged leadership of the congressional medical technology caucuses and staff from the Office of the Vice President, emphasizing the positive role of medtech innovation and urgent need for device tax repeal.