SGR NO MORE!
Congress Finally Repeals Flawed Medicare SGR Formula
April 14, 2015
Statement of TMA President Austin I. King, MD, on the U.S.
Senate vote to approve HR 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act,
which finally repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.
“An immense weight has been lifted from the shoulders of
American medicine. On behalf of the 48,000 physician and medical student
members of the Texas Medical Association, I extend my sincere thanks to the
United States Senate — and our own Sen. John Cornyn — for taking this momentous
“Eliminating the constant threat of Medicare payment cuts means
that we can focus our energies on improving this new law. We can focus our
energies on removing the bureaucratic impediments that get in the way of good
patient care. We can focus our energies on enacting substantive and fundamental
Medicare reforms that will help us provide life-saving, life-sustaining, and
life-enhancing care to our senior citizens, military families, and Texans with
“Passage of this bill was 13 very long and arduous years in the
making. I want to thank my predecessor TMA presidents who have kept the
movement alive, the thousands of Texas physicians and patients who have visited
and written and called their representatives and senators to demand repeal of
the SGR formula, and the lawmakers who heeded our call. And the entire TMA
family sends, in particular, a warm and most heartfelt appreciation to U.S.
Reps. Michael Burgess, MD, and Kevin Brady and to Senator Cornyn. Their determination
and grit over the past two years, obtaining bipartisan agreement on the policy,
have made this day possible.”
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