Action Alert – Idaho Academy Members – log into the Academy;s Grassroots Manager and take action today.
SGR Update: Senate Vote Postponed
Last Friday, the Senate postponed the vote on the SGR fix. Since we now have time for an action alert, we have opened the alert in Grassroots Manager. Please ask your members to take action this week by using Grassroots Manager.
What do you need to know?
Payments to RDN Medicare providers will be cut by 21% effective April 1, 2015 if Congress does not take action. Such cuts in Medicare payments pose a threat every year due to something called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. While everyone agrees that the SGR formula is flawed, Congress has not been able to agree on how to fix it. So rather than passing legislation for a permanent fix, each year they put a band-aid on the problem. Not this year. Last week the House passed H.R. 2, a bill to repeal the SGR and change Medicare provider payments. The bill has now been passed to the Senate for a vote in April. If the bill passes the Senate, we may actually see a permanent resolution to the problem and avert the 21% pay cut looming on the horizon. The bill also includes many provisions that impact other aspects of the Medicare and Medicaid payment systems for both providers and beneficiaries. For more information on this issue, read the attached SGR Issue Brief.