Lucas Statement on H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act

March 14, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas today made the following statement after the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 with a 237 to 182 vote.

“In 1988, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) was established to address concerns regarding Medicare’s payments for physician services,” said Congressman Frank Lucas. “Since then, Congress has enacted temporary solutions to the flawed physician reimbursement system, and the physician community has been faced with the recurring prospects of detrimental cuts to their Medicare reimbursements. The cumulative uncertainty of these temporary fixes over the past several decades has made it difficult for physicians to run a sustainable business.

”I am pleased the House passed the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act today to create a permanent solution that provides the physician community the stability, predictability and fairness they deserve. It is my hope that this legislation will be passed in the Senate and sent to the president’s desk for his signature.”

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