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Monday, April 6, 2015

Call Senator Cruz for SGR Repeal

From the time the U.S. Senate convenes at 2 pm (ET) a week from today, senators will have just 34 hours to take up and pass HR 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, before the 21-percent Medicare cuts kick in for real. At the end of those 34 hours, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will no longer hold claims for services provided after April 1, and physicians will begin to see the cut mandated by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula in their Medicare payments. We’re grateful for the House of Representatives’ overwhelming approval of the bill — authored by Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville) — and for the support we’ve seen from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. But we need to make sure our other senator, Sen. Ted Cruz, hears from Texas physicians why the SGR must go and go now. Please call Senator Cruz’ district offices today to deliver that message. Use these talking points.
Austin: (512) 916-5834

Dallas: (214) 599-8749

Houston: (713) 718-3057       

McAllen: (956) 686-7339

San Antonio: (210) 340-2885

Tyler: (903) 593-5130 

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