Congressman Ryan Votes to Support Bipartisan Permanent SGR Fix and CHIP Reauthorization Package

Apr 1, 2015 Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted in support of H.R 2, the Bipartisan Permanent SGR Fix & CHIP Reauthorization Package, which finally will replace the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, the so-called “doc fix,” a decade long problem. This bill also provides a two year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a program that will ensure that millions of children will have access to health care when they need it. 

“I am proud to support this legislation that will provide our doctors with just compensation for their services, and also provide health insurance to children,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “This legislation will improve the quality of care for our seniors and make sure that our children have the access to the health care they deserve. I am also pleased that funding for Community Health Centers (CHC’s) has been included in this bill.While we needed to extend these important programs, I am concerned that a pay-for was not agreed upon and this deal will increase our national deficit. Further I am deeply disappointed that Republicans forced anti-abortion funding language into this legislation."

This legislation, supported by a large and diverse group of organizations around the country, will transition Medicare away from a volume-based system toward one that rewards value, ensures the accuracy of payments, and improves the quality of care.  The annual uncertainty for seniors and their doctors undermined Medicare and created a lack of confidence. The package also includes key victories for low-income seniors, children and families. This bill puts those problems behind us.  Other provisions in the bill provide additional funding for an initiative that helps low-income seniors pay their Part B premiums, and the bill extends funding for the National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Centers for two more years, providing $620 million for the National Health Service Corps and $120 million for Teaching Health Centers.