House to Consider SGR Repeal; Contact Your Representative Today

November 6, 2009

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Elimination of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula has been a top priority for the Academy for nearly a decade. As you know, every year physicians must fight to avoid cuts to reimbursement, which are mandated by this formula.

Two weeks ago we asked you to contact your US Senators to support a bill that would have repealed the SGR. Unfortunately, the bill failed to move forward in the Senate because of objections over deficit spending.

Now, the US House of Representatives will consider a bill, HR 3961. Funding for this will be offset, so it should not fall to the same objections as it did in the Senate.

This bill offers a chance for physicians to start with a clean slate. The entire physician community is working together with patients to ask Congress to preserve the security and stability of the Medicare program by passing this legislation.

Without action, physicians will again face a 21 percent payment cut on January 1, 2010 with additional cuts scheduled for the future. Every year that Congress puts off dealing with this problem it becomes more expensive to fix.

The time to act is now. Join your colleagues by contacting your members of Congress to ask them to vote in favor of HR 3961. Please note that this is not the House congressional health care reform bill, which is HR 3962.

Take Action Now to send an e-mail! Or call the AMA's grassroots hotline (1-800-833-6354) to be connected to your House member's office during business hours.