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Letter to House Speak Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi - Reps. Flores, Maffei Lead Bipartisan Effort to Pass Long-Term Fix to Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate

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U.S. Representatives Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Dan Maffei (D-NY) today announced strong bipartisan support for their initiative to urge Congressional leaders to pass a long-term fix to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for physician payments.

"Our nation's physicians continue to face uncertainly as their Medicare reimbursement rates are being outpaced by the growth in health care costs. There is wide bipartisan support to fix the Sustainable Growth Rate formula," Rep. Flores said. "It is time Congress work to enact reforms and permanently replace the flawed formula with a system that rewards quality, helps control costs and provides fair compensation for doctors."

"Repealing the broken Sustainable Growth Rate formula will provide more certainty to our health care providers and protect our seniors' access to high quality health care," said Rep. Maffei. "Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle agree that the current SGR formula is deeply flawed, and I am proud to see a majority of my Democratic and Republican colleagues in the House come together to advocate for a fiscally responsible long-term solution that makes sense for patients and physicians."

Representatives Flores and Maffei spearheaded a bipartisan letter signed by 259 Members of Congress to House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi requesting enactment of fiscally responsible reforms to the Medicare physician payment system.

Full text of the letter is below and available at flores.house.gov/uploads/SGR-leadership-letter.pdf
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Dear Speaker Boehner/Leader Pelosi:

We commend the substantial efforts of our House colleagues thus far to reform the Medicare physician payment system and share their urgency to address this critical issue this year. More should be done and we stand committed to permanently repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula this year.

With the current full cost of repeal cut in half to $139 billion, repealing the SGR formula is a fiscally responsible step toward overall reform. Congress, over the past decade, has spent $146 billion in short term SGR patches, more than the current cost of repeal. Continuing to enact short-term patches is bad fiscal policy - equivalent to paying the monthly minimum on a credit card bill - and increases the cost of full repeal.

Moreover, fiscal uncertainly makes it difficult for physician practices, which are small businesses, to invest in the necessary infrastructure to better serve their patients. Full repeal of the SGR also paves the way for reasonable, comprehensive payment reform and protecting Medicare beneficiary access to physician services.

We should not pass up this chance to repeal the SGR --with fiscally responsible offsets-- and enact a permanent solution. This year represents a great opportunity to repeal the flawed SGR formula, reform health care delivery to drive quality and efficiency, and set Medicare on a more stable and predictable course for current and future generations of patients and physicians. We appreciate your attention to this issue and look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17)
Rep. Daniel Maffei (NY-24)
Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-02)
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (MN-06)
Rep. Ron Barber (AZ-02),
Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11)
Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06)
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