Subcommittee to Continue Efforts Toward Permanent Solution to Flawed SGR Formula With a Two-Day Hearing January 21, 22
WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), has scheduled a two-day hearing for Wednesday, January 21, and Thursday, January 22, both at 10:15 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Subcommittee members will discuss how to bring Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reform to the president’s desk before the current patch expires at the end of March 2015. Subcommittee members will look to build upon the bipartisan, bicameral agreement on policy reached in the 113th Congress and discuss options to permanently resolve this issue in a fiscally responsible manner. Last year, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, authored by Pitts.
“For too long, the specter of uncertainty has threatened seniors’ access to their trusted doctor. Last year we came closer than ever to finally solving SGR – we even passed a bipartisan bill out of committee 51 to zero. In the coming months, we have an opportunity to build upon that momentum in finding a fiscally responsible path to keep the promise to our seniors and put this issue to bed once and for all,” commented full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “This hearing will provide an important opportunity for members to discuss a path forward, on behalf of seniors and their doctors, in this new Congress.”
The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.