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Medical Device Groups Planning Fly-In This Week

A few dozen CEOs from the medical device manufacturing world will be descending on Washington later this week to persuade lawmakers that the so-called device tax is toxic to their industry and should be repealed. 

Advanced Medical Technology Association is partnering with the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association to fly in 52 CEOs who will "blanket" the Hill Thursday advocating on behalf of their companies' interests, AdvaMed's JC Scott told the Alley.

Scott said the groups' stategy will be to hit members whose states have a sizable medical technology industry, including Minnesota, Massachusetts, Indiana and California. 

"It's a big deal for us," Scott said of the fly-in aimed at addressing the device tax, which was part of the 2010 health care law. 

The fly-in comes after an election that seemed to cement—at least for now—the health care law on the books. Even House Speaker John Boehner backed off the idea of repealing the bill in a recent interview with ABC News

Still, Scott has hope for reforming the device tax legislation and says AdvaMed has been working with lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, to achieve that end.




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