Obama administration claims $42.8 billion in savings from health law bidding program

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The American Association for Homecare disagrees.

"Since the program was implemented in 2011," the group said in a statement, it has received "reports from hundreds of Medicare patients about difficulty finding local equipment and service providers, delays in obtaining medically required DME, and fewer choices when selecting equipment and providers."

The group points out that 30 consumer and disability groups and 171 members of Congress have called for replacing the program with a different market-based pricing system.