Today, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted in support of H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, which passed 238-181. This bill repeals the failed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula used to determine Medicare payments for physicians and replaces it with a quality-, value-, and accountability-based solution that rewards quality care.
"American seniors across the country count on the promised benefits of Medicare," said Hall. "I have been a longtime supporter of this valuable program and believe it is important that we continue to uphold these promised benefits, which is why I am pleased to co-sponsor the SGR Repeal and Medicare Payment Modernization Act. This bill protects Medicare from harmful cuts that would otherwise be implemented at the end of March, provides a steady payment model in the future that gives physicians more certainty, and ensures seniors have access to the highest quality care."
Hall continued, "Additionally, in order to cover the offset, H.R. 4015 delays "ObamaCare's' individual mandate penalty until 2019. This would restore choice for individuals to choose what health care option is best for them and directly saves hardworking taxpayers $31.1 billion."
"At a time when so many Americans are struggling under a weak economy, no one should have to worry about losing Medicare benefits or being forced into purchasing a health care plan they do not need or want. I will continue to work on behalf of Medicare recipients to ensure their contracts are honored and that this vital program is preserved for future generations."