“If Medicare had been cut when I was having my Chemotherapy for breast cancer I would be dead now.” - Carol P. (Klamath Falls, OR)
“It’s already difficult finding a doctor who accepts new patients. Do not reduce payments to them and cause Medicare folks to lose their access to healthcare.” - Betty M. (Winfield, WV)
“Our primary physician is still practicing, but is living on his savings. If this cut goes through, it will cost him more to practice than he will make and he will have to retire. We will have to find a new primary care after 40 years!” - Edgar S. (Chagrin Falls, OH)
Congress has been passing temporary patches to the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) for 15 years. This formula, based on economic growth, dictates Medicare physician payment rates - and the time has come to pass a permanent solution. The continuous threat of cuts in Medicare payments to physicians has resulted in the reduced ability of physicians to see Medicare patients.
Consistently passing temporary patches with the threat of future cuts leads to uncertainty for patients who rely on important health care programs like Medicare. Failure to act only makes future cuts steeper and escalates the costs of permanent payment reform.
Take action today to PERMANENTLY end this problem and repeal the SGR. Ask Congress to implement a more stable Medicare physician payment system that provides security for patients seeking access to care and the physicians who care for them.