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Letter

Kurt Schrader

From the office of:

Kurt Schrader

From: The Honorable Kurt Schrader
Sent By: stephen.holland@mail.house.gov
Date: 10/7/2014

Dear Colleague:

For too long, Congress has failed to fix the broken Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula used to set reimbursement rates for physicians and other health care providers. With each “doc fix” cliff, health care providers are threatened with drastic cuts to their reimbursement rates and seniors risk losing access to their doctors. This insecurity is inexcusable and Congress can put an end to it now.

We have been encouraged by the bipartisan, bicameral work that has been done on Medicare payment and delivery reform in the House Energy and Commerce, House Ways and Means, and Senate Finance Committees over the past two years. We should not let this work go to waste. Please sign the attached letter to encourage Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi to make Medicare physician payment reform a priority before the end of the 113th Congress.

We hope you will join us in urging an SGR fix now. If you would like to sign on, or for more information, please contact Kyle Roskam in Congressman Ribble’s office atkyle.roskam@mail.house.gov or Stephen Holland in Congressman Schrader’s office atstephen.holland@mail.house.gov.

KURT SCHRADER
Member of Congress
REID RIBBLE
Member of Congress

 

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi:

As we return to Washington DC, we write to urge our leaders to prioritize the protection of seniors and their health care providers by pursuing bipartisan Medicare physician payment reform before the 113th Congress adjourns this year.

We have been encouraged by the bipartisan, bicameral work that has been done on Medicare payment and delivery reform in the House Energy and Commerce, House Ways and Means, and Senate Finance Committees over the past two years. The introduction, earlier this year, of legislation reflecting a compromise of the Committees is a commendable achievement. However, Congress’s work is not yet finished. As growth in health care costs have decreased in recent years, the Congressional Budget Office has said that the cost of repealing SGR is near the lowest it has ever been. This opportunity to repeal SGR while creating incentives for health care payment reform should not be wasted.

With each “doc fix” cliff, health care providers are threatened with drastic cuts to their reimbursement rates and seniors risk losing access to their doctors. This insecurity is inexcusable and Congress can put an end to it now. Congress should act immediately to provide long-term relief to our seniors and their health care providers.

The time for action is now. We encourage you to prioritize Medicare physician payment reform before the end of this year. We stand ready to support a bipartisan solution.