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President Signs SGR Patch

April 4, 2014—The president signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (P.L.113-93), one day after the Senate passed (64-35) the bill March 31. The legislation would avert a 24 percent cut in Medicare physician payments scheduled to take effect April 1. The bill, which was passed on a controversial voice vote March 27 in the House of Representatives, extends the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) patch through March 2015 [see Washington Highlights, March 28].

During floor debate, Republicans objected to Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden’s (D-Ore.) unanimous consent request to bring the Commonsense Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2157), legislation that uses Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds to pay for the full SGR repeal, up for vote. Senator Wyden then objected to a Republican request for unanimous consent to take up and pass the Responsible Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2122) [see Washington Highlights, March 21].


Len Marquez
Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-862-6281

Courtney Summers
Senior Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-862-6042


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