(Washington, DC) – The Main Street Partnership today applauded the House of Representatives for passing bi-partisan legislation to strengthen and reform Medicare by eliminating the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and accompanying “doc fix.”
“Thanks to the hard work of Chairmen Fred Upton and Paul Ryan, the House of Representatives took an important step to strengthen and protect these important programs for our nation’s seniors, health care providers, and low-income children,” said Main Street Partnership’s Chief Operating Officer Sarah Chamberlain. “Most importantly, this bill provides certainty to doctors by giving them stable and predictable reimbursement schedules so they can serve the health care needs of patients without anxiety each year. It is my hope that this legislation will move quickly through the Senate and to the President’s desk for his signature.”
H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act would permanently replace Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) physician payment system, extend funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and implement structural reforms in Medicare to improve care delivery and slow rising costs. The legislation was introduced by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) of the House Ways and Means Committee along with their ranking members.
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