SGR Reform, Affordable Care Act Will Be Focus of Republican Congress

With Republicans now the majority, expect to see repeals of aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act, the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare, and reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are all likely targets for action in the new Republican-controlled Congress, several health policy experts said Wednesday.

“The SGR fix is something they need to deal with,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, PhD, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and now president of the American Action Forum, a right-leaning Washington think tank. He was referring to a 21.2% cut in physician reimbursement under Medicare that is due to take effect April 1, 2015.

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