April 15,2015

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Hatch Praises Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Repeal SGR

WASHINGTON – Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today issued the following statement praising the passage of H.R.2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill that permanently repeals and replaces the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), also known as the “Doc Fix”, with an improved payment system based on legislation that was advanced by the Finance Committee in 2013:

“The passage of this historic bipartisan bill is a product of more than two years of hard work on both sides of the Capitol and represents a long overdue step forward in reforming our nation’s entitlement programs,” Hatch said.  “With this bill, we repeal and replace SGR with an improved payment system that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation so that seniors and doctors alike will no longer have to worry about an annual crisis threatening Medicare.  This bill represents what is possible when members of Congress work together in good faith to accomplish results for the American people, and I am hopeful this is the start of many more bipartisan solutions to come.”