American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Senate Must Pass SGR Reform on April 13

Statement attributable to American Osteopathic Association President Robert S. Juhasz, DO

Washington, DC —March 27, 2015— For too long permanent Medicare physician payment reform has been elusive to Congress. This week we saw the House of Representatives' ability to set aside partisan differences on both policies and offsets to approve a package which creates new certainty for our nation’s seniors, children, and their physicians, the "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015" (H.R. 2). Upon returning from spring congressional recess, the Senate should make their top priority finding the political will to join their House colleagues in passing this critical reform they failed to address.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is disappointed the Senate was unable to pass this milestone legislation built on bipartisan collaboration and inclusion of the physician community over the last two years. H.R. 2 places seniors at the center of a new Medicare system that places the highest value on the quality of care they are provided. The AOA is also pleased that the legislation enables the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program (THCGME) to continue training primary care residents in community-based settings. Additionally, we support H.R. 2 for taking the appropriate steps to ensure access to care for children by extending funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – a program long supported by the osteopathic profession

This long overdue legislation sets a path toward higher quality, coordinated, and lower cost health care that strengthens our public health and our economy, but only if the Senate swiftly approves H.R. 2 upon its return to Washington, DC on April 13. Seniors, children, and their physicians across the country are counting on them.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 110,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.

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