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S 725

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 725

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage, as supplies associated with the injection of insulin, of containment, removal, decontamination and disposal of home-generated needles, syringes, and other sharps through a sharps container, decontamination/destruction device, or sharps-by-mail program or similar program under part D of the Medicare program.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 5, 2011

Mr. ISAKSON introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage, as supplies associated with the injection of insulin, of containment, removal, decontamination and disposal of home-generated needles, syringes, and other sharps through a sharps container, decontamination/destruction device, or sharps-by-mail program or similar program under part D of the Medicare program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Medicare Safe Needle Disposal Coverage Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. COVERAGE OF CONTAINMENT, REMOVAL, DECONTAMINATION AND DISPOSAL OF HOME-GENERATED NEEDLES, SYRINGES, AND OTHER SHARPS THROUGH A SHARPS CONTAINER, DECONTAMINATION/DESTRUCTION DEVICE, OR SHARPS-BY-MAIL PROGRAM OR SIMILAR PROGRAM UNDER MEDICARE PART D.

    (a) In General- Section 1860D-2(e)(1)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-102(e)(1)(B)) is amended by inserting after `regulations of the Secretary' the following: `and including devices approved for home use by the Food and Drug Administration for the safe and effective containment, removal, decontamination and disposal of home-generated needles, syringes, and other sharps through a sharps container, decontamination/destruction device, or sharps-by-mail program or similar program'.

    (b) Effective Date- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect on January 1, 2012.

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