AMAC is proud to announce support for a significant piece of legislation that is scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, March 14, 2014. Introduced by Representative Michael Burgess, M.D., H.R. 4015 – the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act” – seeks to permanently repeal the Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) as the method used to control spending by Medicare on physician services. There is an urgent need to repeal the SGR and to replace it with a payment system that rewards physicians based on performance and outcomes. The SGR’s outdated payment method has already forced physicians to treat fewer Medicare patients, which has consequently limited seniors’ access to the doctors and vital care they need. This bill is an essential first step toward saving the Medicare program for future generations of Americans and promises to give seniors the peace of mind they deserve when it comes to their health care. In addition, H.R. 4015 pays for the SGR repeal by delaying ObamaCare’s individual mandate for five years. AMAC commends Rep. Burgess for finding a fiscally responsible way to finance this repeal, while simultaneously offering relief to the many Americans who have already experienced the repercussions of this harmful law. As the fastest-growing conservative seniors organization, AMAC is pleased to support H.R. 4015 and will continue to advocate for the responsible reform of the Medicare program.
March 13th, 2014
The Honorable Michael Burgess
26th District, Texas
U.S. House of Representatives
2336 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Burgess,
On behalf of the 1.1 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing to offer our support for H.R. 4015, the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act.” This critical bill seeks to permanently repeal the Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) as the method used to control spending by Medicare on physician services.
AMAC recognizes the urgent need to repeal the SGR and replace it with an improved payment system. Despite “patching” the program 17 different times, Congress has repeatedly neglected to address the issue of paying physicians based on performance and outcomes. As a result of this outdated payment method, fewer physicians are treating Medicare patients today and fewer seniors have access to the doctors and vital care they need when they get sick.
AMAC believes H.R. 4015 is an essential first step toward saving the Medicare program from bankruptcy and guaranteeing its solvency for future generations of Americans. While ObamaCare unfortunately cuts Medicare substantially – including Medicare Advantage – repealing the SGR and implementing a better formula would give seniors the peace of mind they deserve when it comes to their health care, would establish stability in doctor networks, and would strengthen the doctor-patient relationship.
H.R. 4015 pays for the SGR repeal by delaying ObamaCare’s individual mandate for five years. In addition to providing a fiscally responsible way to finance the repeal, the move to delay the individual mandate would give relief to all Americans – many of whom have already experienced the repercussions of this ill-designed law.
As the fastest-growing senior advocacy organization in the country, AMAC remains committed to responsibly reforming the Medicare program. AMAC greatly appreciates your leadership on this important issue and is pleased to support H.R. 4015, the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act.”
President and Founder of AMAC