On September 28, both Houses of Congress passed legislation to extend the in-home Medicare IVIG Demonstration Project that, under current law, is scheduled to end on September 30. The legislation will now advance to the President. Once signed by the President, the demonstration will extended through December 2020.
The demonstration project is in a provision included in legislation that is sponsored by long-time PI champion, Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The extension is included in HR 3823, which is a large bill and includes disaster tax relief and continued funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. The included provision will protect Medicare beneficiaries with PI from losing access to their current in-home intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) during the period of time the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be evaluating the project and issuing a report to Congress.
This is a win for the PI community, especially for the individuals who are a part of the demonstration project. IDF is currently in discussions with CMS about next steps for participants, and will keep the community up to date on information as it becomes available.