House of Representatives Votes to Fix Medicare Payments for Doctors

Today the House passed a bill, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R.2), to repeal the formula for physician payment under Medicare and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years. Congress has acted 17 times to temporarily prevent the formula, called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), from going into effect. H.R.2 would replace the SGR with alternative, value-driven payment strategies. The bill also permanently funds the Qualified Individual (QI) program that helps low-income Medicare beneficiaries afford Part B premiums.

Medicare Rights supports this bipartisan effort to repeal and replace the SGR. Yet, Medicare Rights and other beneficiary advocates are concerned that the current replacement proposal asks beneficiaries to shoulder too much of the cost of this legislation—$30 billion in higher costs would be shifted to some beneficiaries. Reflecting that concern, Medicare Rights wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, expressing the need for additional improvements for low-income beneficiaries as the Senate takes up the legislation.

Click here to read Medicare Rights’ letter to House leadership on H.R. 2.
Click here to read Medicare Rights’ statement about H.R. 2.
Click here to read the text of the House bill H.R. 2.

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