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American College of Surgeons Hails U.S. House Passage of Medicare Access Bill

Senators Strongly Urged to Follow House Example

NEWS FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHICAGO (March 26, 2015): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is optimistic that much-needed Medicare program reforms are within reach following today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. ACS congratulates representatives for working together to develop a bill that implements meaningful reforms to the Medicare program, including permanent repeal of the broken sustainable growth rate formula (SGR) used to calculate physician reimbursement.

“The American College of Surgeons commends the U.S. House of Representatives for their pivotal vote today passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act,” said David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons. “Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi have demonstrated admirable leadership in working across the aisle to usher through legislation that ensures seniors have uninterrupted access to the medical care they need. The College calls on the U.S. Senate to follow the House example and pass the bipartisan Medicare reform bill before adjourning for its two-week break.”

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