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California Life Sciences Association Supports New Legislation to Suspend Medical Device Tax

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) applauded the introduction of H.R. 4617, which suspends until December 2022 the job and innovation destroying 2.3 percent medical device excise tax levied on medical device firms originally established as part of the Affordable Care Act.

According to a media release, this statement can be attributed to Sara Radcliffe, President & CEO, California Life Sciences Association:

"California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) welcomes the introduction of H.R. 4617, legislation that places a 5-year suspension on the ill-conceived 2.3 percent medical device excise tax. Without swift enactment of this measure, the medical device tax would further hamper innovation and investment in medical technology research and development.

"According to our newly released 2018 California Life Sciences Industry Report, California is home to 1,796 medical device firms employing over 77,200 people more firms and employees than any other state in the nation making the impact of the tax on our state particularly troublesome. While our medtech innovators certainly welcome a 5-year reprieve from the tax, CLSA applauds this legislation as a positive first step towards full repeal of the device tax, which is critical to ensuring that the U.S. does not jeopardize our position as a global leader in medical technology innovation.

"CLSA thanks House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jackie Walorski for introducing this critical bill, and we strongly urge our California congressional delegation to support this measure to suspend this counterproductive tax on innovation."

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