Medtech Industry Groups Spend Millions In 2019 Lobbying For Device-Tax Repeal – And Much More
Industry trade groups spend millions of dollars and walk thousands of steps in the halls of the US Congress each year to persuade legislators and their staff to support votes on device-tax repeal, Medicare payment reform, and other issues. Using lobbying reports downloaded by a public interest group, Medtech Insight has analyzed what industry spent and paid out to hire legislative experts to lobby Congress in the first half of 2019, and which topics they lobbied for the most.
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