Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) today released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – a bill to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), commonly known as the “doc-fix.” H.R. 2 passed with strong bipartisan support, and now awaits consideration by the U.S. Senate. As a leader on the issue and cosponsor of the base bill, H.R. 1470, Rep. Walters spoke on the House floor this morning urging her colleagues to support the “doc-fix” legislation.
Said Rep. Mimi Walters, “Today I was pleased to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in passing this historic bill that will bring much-needed stability to our Medicare physician-payment system. This plan would give doctors and patients the security and certainty they need, while implementing common-sense Medicare reforms. Furthermore, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, repealing the SGR would generate financial savings overtime compared to the temporary ‘doc fix’ patches - which is what Congress has done since 2003. While I was disappointed that provisions to repeal the medical device tax were not included in the bill, I was pleased with the final product. I urge the Senate to act swiftly in its passage.”
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“Mister Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – a bill to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate.
“This bill presents a historic opportunity for Congress to end the ‘doc-fix’ and comprehensively reform the Medicare physician payment system once and for all. SGR has been broken for over a decade – and Congress has passed a temporary patch for this law 17 times.
“The price of putting off a permanent fix has cost the taxpayers almost $170 billion and masked the insolvency of Medicare. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Mr. Burgess’ legislation to repeal SGR would save $900 million over the next decade compared to freezing payment rates for physicians’ services.
“After a decade of Congress patching the flawed SGR formula, it’s finally time to permanently repeal and replace this system once and for all. I urge my colleagues in the House and the Senate to pass this bill and finally fix the ‘doc fix.’
“Mister Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.