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Association Supports SGR Repeal and Replace Bill

In a March 19 letter, America’s Essential Hospitals urged Senate leaders to move forward in passing S. 2110, the Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014, which repeals and replaces the Medicare physician payment system, which is partially based on the sustainable growth rate (SGR). The association supports the bill because it replaces the SGR formula with a sensible physician payment system, ensures the continuation of health policies that help low-income patients access health care, and mandates an annual report on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments that would help policymakers understand future needs for DSH payments.

America’s Essential Hospitals does not have a position on whether the legislation must be fiscally offset, but the association would not support any methods of paying for the legislation that would “damage access to and quality of care for low-income patients, including any cuts to hospital reimbursement and other programs designed to help low-income beneficiaries.”

Please contact Shawn Gremminger, director of legislative affairs, at sgremminger@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0112 with questions.

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