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Democrats call for extending SGR fix by Dec. 16
Modern Healthcare

The Democratic Party leadership in the House of Representatives is calling for an extension of the sustainable growth-rate Medicare payment formula “fix” in order to delay a scheduled 27.4% slash in provider reimbursement that will take effect in January unless Congress acts. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn of South Carolina called on Republicans to ensure three pieces of legislation get passed before Dec. 16: extension of the SGR fix, extension of unemployment insurance, and extension and expansion of the “payroll tax holiday.”