Congressman Jim Matheson today authored and passed the first bipartisan amendment of the new Congress, adding an important provision to the guiding principles for the next phase of health care reform.
Matheson's legislation requires that any health care replacement bill include a permanent fix to the flawed formula that interferes with doctors' ability to treat Medicare patients. Passage was almost unanimous -- 428-1.
"For far too long Medicare patients and their doctors have dealt with the uncertainty of a formula that results in huge payment cuts, until Congress temporarily delays them," Matheson said. "A permanent fix is essential to preserve health services for our seniors, provide a stable business environment for physicians and support the long-term economic health of our country. I am committed to finding that permanent, bipartisan solution."
Matheson has long sought and supported common sense solutions to problems confronting individuals, health care providers, businesses and the federal treasury regarding health care. Matheson has focused on how to rein in the excessive growth in health care costs. His amendment represents a step towards finding a solution to the flawed reimbursement formula to both improve patient care and save money over the long term.