WHA Applauds Congressional Action to Repeal SGR


Mary Kay Grasmick, WHA, 608-274-1820


Attribute this statement to WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding

MADISON (March 26, 2015) ---- The Wisconsin Hospital Association appreciates the tireless work by Congress over the past few years to once and for all repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). We, along with many others, agree that the SGR is fundamentally broken and must be repealed. The replacement package, H.R. 2, crafted by Congress and passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House of Representatives today includes important policies that move Medicare physician payments toward value. As a leading state in the health care value movement, WHA supports these policy efforts. In addition, the package includes important extensions to programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare Dependent Hospital program and the low-volume hospital adjustment that are important to the State of Wisconsin and to hospitals.

We also understand the difficult task put before Congress on how to pay for SGR’s repeal. Over the years, Wisconsin hospitals have absorbed millions in cuts to pay for previous “patches” to the SGR. While the hospital-focused funding offsets specific to H.R. 2 are certainly not ideal, in the context of a truly permanent solution to the SGR, we believe the package as a whole fulfills a hard-fought effort to achieve a very important, long-term goal. We encourage the U.S. Senate to quickly approve this package.