ASCRS•ASOA and Medical Community Advocacy Boosts Co-Sponsorship of Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal Legislation (H.R. 4015/S.2000); House Set to Vote on Bill with the Partisan Repeal of the Individual Mandate as an Offset

Thanks to the efforts of ASCRS•ASOA members and members of other national medical organizations, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) currently has 83 co-sponsors, up from 17 at the beginning of this week. On Wednesday, March 5, ASCRS•ASOA participated in a national day of action to increase co-sponsorship of the bills and push for immediate action to repeal the SGR.

The goal of the national day of action was to advance H.R. 4015/S. 2000 by having thousands of Medicare providers call and explain how the SGR negatively impacts their practices and urge passage of the bill that will allow continued access to quality care. The current SGR patch expires on March 31. ASCRS and the medical community are urging for a full repeal and replacement of the SGR instead of another temporary patch.

In addition, ASCRS•ASOA signed onto a letter to Congressional leadership with over 600 other medical organizations urging immediate passage of H.R. 4015/S. 2000.

Unfortunately, House Republican leadership said late this week that they plan to bring the bill to the floor of the House next week with a repeal of the individual mandate as a cost offset, which will be a non-starter in the Senate. As we reported last week, the Congressional Budget office estimates that H.R. 4015/S. 2000 would cost about $122 billion over 10 years. ASCRS and the medical community are urging the Senate and House leadership to come together and identify bi-partisan offsets so that H.R. 4015/S. 2000 can be signed into law before April 1.

If you have not contacted your members of Congress, there is still time to send an email in support of this legislation. Use ASCRS’ eyeContact Action Center to send an instant email to your Representative and Senators.

If you need assistance, please contact Allison Dickert, manager of PAC and grassroots, at adickert@ascrs.org or 703-591-2220.

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