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SGR Legislation Introduced in the Senate, Paid for With ACA Repeal

June 29, 2012—Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) June 25 introduced the Access to Physicians in Medicare Act (S. 3337). The bill would reform the Medicare physician payment system by repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and replacing it with a similar formula to the one used to determine cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for Social Security benefits, while capping the annual increases in reimbursements to physicians at 3 percent.

In his statement, Sen. Paul said he introduced this legislation “so that physicians will be able to practice medicine without the threat of massive pay cuts each year.” He also stated that the legislation is paid for by “repealing Medicaid expansion and subsidies payments” that were included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152).
In Feb. 2012, Congress passed a short-term extension to address the SGR through the end of 2012; however, lawmakers must act before Jan. 1, 2013, to avert a nearly 32 percent cut in physician’s reimbursements [see Washington Highlights, Feb. 17].

Contact:

Len Marquez
Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-862-6281
Email: lmarquez@aamc.org

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