Response received from Mark Udall, U.S. Senator, Colorado re: Medical Device Excise Tax dated 1 MAR 2013

Dear Lori,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the medical device excise tax. I appreciate that you took the time to express your views with me on this topic.

The medical device excise tax was established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L.111-148), which became law on March 23, 2010. The 2.3 percent excise tax, which took effect on January 1, 2013, applies to the sale of certain medical devices by the manufacturer or importer.  Certain statutory exemptions exist for eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids, as well as for devices being purchased by the general public for individual use. As you know, various proposals were put forth in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate during the 112th Congress that would repeal this aspect of the Affordable Care Act. Should any of these legislative efforts be considered during the 113th Congress, please know that your thoughts will provide me with important guidance.

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