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Repealing the medical device tax is a women’s employment issue, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro.

“One thing that I’ve noticed is if you look at the employees at medical device manufacturers, a significant majority are women,” Stefanik said. “I think that’s important to note this tax is hurting companies that are employing a high number of women.”

Medical device makers began paying the 2.3 percent tax on revenue in January 2013. The tax is associated with President Obama’s health care reform plan.

Stefanik recently organized a group letter from new House members urging leadership to “fast track” bringing proposed legislation to repeal the tax up for discussion.

“I think there’s an opportunity to address this issue before waiting for the Supreme Court to make its announcement later on this spring regarding the Affordable Care Act and its exchanges,” Stefanik said in an interview on Tuesday.

Stefanik said Republican and Democratic freshman members signed the letter.

“I wanted it to be a freshman only letter to show how much support there is from the new members of Congress,” she said.

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