Medicare Reform Bill
“On behalf of our
48,000-plus physician and medical student members — and the patients we serve —
the Texas Medical Association strongly endorses HR 1470, the SGR Repeal and
Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015, to repeal and replace
Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula,” TMA President Austin I.
King, MD, said today.
“The SGR has never worked to hold down Medicare costs,” Dr.
King said. “It has only served to anger and frustrate physicians and scare our
patients. That’s why doing away with the SGR has been at the top of our
congressional agenda for more than a decade.”
“We applaud Reps. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), Kevin
Brady (R-The Woodlands), Gene Green (D-Houston), and their Republican and
Democratic partners in both the House and the Senate for their hard work in
crafting this bill over the past two years,” Dr. King added. “Today, we begin a
massive grassroots campaign for Texas physicians to demand that Congress pass
this bill — and that President Obama sign it — before the 22.4-percent Medicare
cut kicks in on April 1.”
“Physicians are tired of the never-ending uncertainty; the
never-ending threats to cut Medicare pay; the never-ending need to lobby
Congress on the same, never-ending problem,” he said. “Our patients are tired
of the never-ending fear of losing their doctor. Eighteen years and 17 patches
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