Roger Williams Votes for Medicare ‘Doc Fix’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today voted for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R.2) that would enact a permanent “doc fix” for Medicare reimbursement for health care providers. The bill would also fund a program to provide health insurance for children from low income families and extend the Community Health Centers program.
“Congress must honor its commitment to our seniors and the doctors who treat them,” said Williams. “This permanent fix will replace the uncertain, costly and stress inducing temporary patches that have had to pass this body a nerve-racking 17 times. While this bill is in no way perfect, it symbolizes Congress’ ability to come together on behalf of the old and the young.”
Since 2003, Congress has spent almost $170 billion in short-term patches to avoid cuts imposed by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. H.R.2 repeals the Medicare SGR formula and replaces it with a new system. Without congressional action, doctors who accept Medicare patients would see a 21 percent decrease in reimbursements beginning next week.
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