WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), a member of the Subcommittee on Health, of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was pleased to see the passage of “Doc Fix” legislation through the United States Senate on a bipartisan basis.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 will create certainty for patients, doctors and the Medicare program, eliminating the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and standardizing the payment structure for Medicare doctors. The bill also reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) until 2017 and extends funding for Medicaid and Community Health Centers.
“Congress is at its best when compromise and statesmanship leads to legislation that helps the American people,” said Cárdenas. “This bill does exactly that. Thousands of doctors will have the certainty of knowing that Medicare will pay them to make sure that seniors in our country stay healthy. That is all that has ever been asked of this incredible program. Finally, Congress has delivered. I look forward to President Obama signing the bill and moving this nation’s health care sector forward.”
H.R. 2 will ensure that more than $11 million flows to Community Health Centers in the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles overall will see $262 million in funding for the centers. Nearly 300 of these Community Health Centers are in place throughout Los Angeles County to serve needy patients.
H.R. 2 will also allow Medicare to continue providing assistance in covering Medicare Part B premiums for low-income Medicare beneficiaries.