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Urgent Budget Update


By eanderson

May 16, 2024

The next several days are critical for REquipment

5 images of diverse users of durable medical equipment.

REquipment is facing a 21% cut to its budget for FY25. Both the House and Senate budget proposals fail to include the $500,000 in annualization funds needed to maintain our current level of services. A cut of this size would be devasting. We are scrambling to determine where it would come from.

In the meantime, Senator Michael Brady (Brockton) has filed Amendment 464, which would restore the $500,000. Now, the amendment needs Senate co-sponsors.

Please take a moment to contact your state senator and urge them to co-sponsor Amendment 464 for durable medical equipment reuse. This funding is crucial to our mission, and your action matters!

Contacting your senator is easy. Find them and their contact information at Find My Legislator

Email them the message below, or better yet, add your own story. Include your name and address, or call your senator and share this message with their staff.

 

Dear Senator – Please co-sponsor Amendment 464 to provide $500,000 in missing annualization funding to support durable medical equipment reuse. Since its start in 2013, the REquipment program has provided over 11,000 pieces of refurbished durable medical equipment and assistive technology valued at over $19 million. The program is now a vital safety net for individuals with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and families with children across the state. REquipment is also important to the environment. The program diverted 45 tons of durable medical equipment from solid waste facilities last year.

Thank you for considering co-sponsoring Amendment 464.

Sincerely,

[Your Name and Address]

And if your senator is Michael Brady, please call and thank him for sponsoring this amendment!

Thank you for your advocacy. If you hear feedback from your senator’s office, please share it with me at info@dmereuse.org.

Sincerely,
Adriana Mallozzi, CEO
REquipment, Inc.