House Votes to Repeal, Replace Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate
March 14, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today released the following statement on the House’s passage of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, H.R. 4015, which he authored:
“I’m happy to report that the House has voted for a bipartisan policy solution to modernize a system that has caused nothing but headaches for America’s seniors and their doctors. The house has voted 17 times for patches or ‘Doc Fixes.’ If the SGR went into effect this April, it would mean a 25% reduction in provider payments. The House has finally declared that we cannot continue to kick the can down the road and patch the SGR each year – we must repeal it, and we did. Now, seniors will no longer be denied the care they need because their doctors cannot afford to treat them.
“But perhaps most importantly, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, in both chambers and on all three committees of jurisdiction have finally shown they can work together in an effective manner on policy so important to America’s seniors. It’s now up to the Senate to take up this important bill and repeal a system that simply doesn’t work.”