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Monday, September 22, 2014

TEXANS IN D.C. CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT SGR REPREAL THIS YEAR


We made a trip to Capitol Hill to talk about repealing Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and some of the other federal priorities in our revised Healthy Vision 2020 document. TEXPAC Board Chair Jerry Hunsaker, MD, and Lyle Thorstenson, MD — the Texan on the AMPAC Board — were joined by TMA Legislative Affairs Director Dan Finch and TEXPAC Director Clayton Stewart in a visit just before Congress adjourned until after the Nov. 4 elections. The most important SGR discussions, of course, were with U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess, MD (R- Lewisville), and Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands). Both see a potential for revising and passing an SGR replacement bill during the lame duck session after the election. The devil, of course, is in the details, and the details always boil down to money.

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