From Chuck Weber, your Veteran Service Officer...
Legislative Update: Doc Fix
The threat of significant cuts to reimbursement
rates for physicians seeing Medicare and TRICARE patients was delayed
earlier this year from April 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015. Efforts to
identify and enact a permanent solution have dragged on for several
years, with Congress approving only temporary fixes due to cost.
Veteran organizations strongly support a
permanent solution (the “doc fix”) by establishing sufficient
reimbursement rates to ensure beneficiaries have continued access to
quality medical care. They support the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider
Payment Modernization Act” (H.R. 4015), sponsored by Rep. Michael
Burgess (Texas), which will make the “Doc Fix” permanent by repealing
the antiquated Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replacing it with a
fair, stable, simplified system of physician payments for Medicare and
This legislation passed the House earlier this year and is awaiting consideration in the Senate. Veterans are urged to ask their Senators to approve this important legislation.
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