In a bipartisan vote Thursday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation to permanently reform Medicare and physician reimbursements. Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), a doctor of nearly 30 years, supported the changes to Medicare that reduce projected deficit spending and increase certainty for physicians and seniors in the program.
"This is a big step: this legislation includes the first real entitlement reforms in nearly 20 years, something that is not only necessary to ensure that Medicare remains for our children and grandchildren, but is also critical to securing our nation's fiscal future," Wenstrup highlighted.
The legislation also restructured Medicare's physician reimbursement system, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) after decades of expensive short term patches.
"As a physician, I've seen the very real effects of the manufactured crises created by the perpetual "doc fix,'" Wenstrup continued. "I am pleased that Congress has acted in a bipartisan manner to finally fix this broken system and do the right thing for our seniors, patients, physicians and taxpayers."
The legislation must also pass the Senate, before heading to President Obama, who has indicated his support.