Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and a bipartisan group of House lawmakers wrote a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday urging relief of the medical device tax.

In the Affordable Care Act, the medical device tax imposes a 2.3 percent sales tax on medical device supplies.

In a news release, Stefanik issued the following statement:

“This is an extremely important issue for our district, especially in Warren County, home of what is called ‘catheter valley’ because of the numerous catheter manufacturers. The Affordable Care Act’s onerous medical device tax limits access to the healthcare devices that North Country families need and undermines the medical device industry that is so important to our local economy. Furthermore, repealing this legislation would help these important small businesses create jobs for North Country families and protect employees who are currently at risk from this job killing tax.”

The medical device tax is under a suspension that expires Jan. 1.

Read a copy of the letter below:

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