Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AHCA Ramps Up Advocacy Efforts for March SGR Deadline

Members of Congress returned this week from their Presidents Day recess ahead of what promises to be a busy March for health care policy. AHCA has numerous fundraisers as well as office meetings planned for this week and next, meeting with the key leadership figures who will be driving legislative decisions this month. Time is of the essence as Congress only has four legislative weeks to either replace or patch the sustainable growth rate (SGR), which is set to expire on March 31.

The Senate Finance Committee as well as the House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees have released a final plan for what an SGR replacement will look like, but have not decided on how to pay for such a change. If budgetary offsets for a permanent fix cannot be found, a temporary “doc fix” is still expected to cost in the tens-of-billions.

In order to keep post-acute care’s voice heard, AHCA will be meeting with Members of Congress and their staff from all three of the critical committees with the message of preserving Medicare reimbursement and easing regulatory burdens for America’s skilled nursing centers.

You can join in too. Visit www.ahcancal.org/advocacy to contact your Members of Congress and tell them to keep long term care at the forefront of health care discussions this March.

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