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Monday, October 21, 2013

TEXAN TAKES LEAD IN PUSHING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR SGR REPEAL

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Bryan) has joined with a Democratic congressman in urging House leaders to repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula this year. Representative Flores and Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) are asking their colleagues to sign on to a bipartisan letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “We should not pass up this chance to repeal the SGR — with fiscally responsible offsets — and enact a permanent solution,” they wrote. “This year represents a great opportunity to repeal the flawed SGR formula, reform health care delivery to drive quality and efficiency, and set Medicare on a more stable and predictable course for current and future generations of patients and physicians.” Two Texans — Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi) and Mike Conaway (R-Midland) already have signed on.

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