CHA News Article

California’s Senators Support Update to Medicare Payment Regions

California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein sent a letter last week to the Senate Finance Committee urging the committee to adopt a long-term approach to updating Medicare’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas to better reflect current geographic and demographic cost differences. Medicare has not updated its payment regions in more than 16 years, and during that time many areas in California and across the nation that were once rural have become high-cost urban regions. The Senators’ letter urges the Senate Finance Committee to take up a solution included in the House physician payment reform bill, H.R. 2810 (Burgess, R-TX), and identifies a California funding source in Medicaid administrative savings. CHA sent a letter in May to the House Energy and Commerce Committee supporting this fix. The Senators’ letter is attached.