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House Passes SGR Fix, Senate Says It’s DOA
Health Leaders Media

On a 237–182 mostly party line vote, House Republicans on Friday passed a bill that would eliminate the Sustainable Growth Rate Medicare funding formula for physicians, and pay for it by delaying for five years the individual mandate to buy health insurance, a central pillar of Obamacare.

Earlier this week Senate Democrats had warned that they would not consider the amended House version of HR 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act. The White House had also threatened to veto any attempt to delay the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The two chambers are expected to extend a 17th temporary fix for the SGR, which otherwise expires on March 31 and slaps physicians with a 24% cut in Medicare reimbursements.