Medical Device Tax Provisions in Health Care Reform Legislation

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 (Pub. L. No. 111-148),1 which President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010 imposes an annual fee on medical device manufacturers and importers. The “Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010” (H.R. 4872, or the “Reconciliation Package”) 2, as revised by the amendment reported to the Reconciliation Package on March 20, 2010, and passed by the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010,3 would impose an excise tax on medical device manufacturers. Below we provide an overview of these provisions, which are found in Section 9009 of Pub. L. No. 111-148 and Section 1405 of the Reconciliation Package, and how the two provisions differ.

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