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The Fight for SGR Repeal on Legislative Front Burner
Posted on: 2/28/2014

With bipartisan bills on the table, Congress is closer than ever to fixing Medicare's faulty payment system.

But without congressional action soon, Illinois Medicare physicians face a pay cut of 24 percent at the end of March courtesy of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, on top of a 2 percent sequestration cut that began in 2013 and will continue forward as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

If Congress does not reform the payment system and repeal the pay cut formula, access to care in the Prairie State could be in jeopardy for 1,907,859 Medicare patients and 159,143 Tricare patients. Additionally, 132,444 employees of medical practices would also be negatively affected.

Medicare payment reform would prevent a loss of $620 million for the remainder of 2014 for the care of elderly and disabled patients in Illinois, an average of $18,000 per physician.

View this chart with statistics about Medicare on the national level.

Call to action

Contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators Durbin and Kirk and urge them to pass SGR repeal legislation NOW.

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