Mike Rinebold, director of the ISMA Government Relations Department, Past President and AMPAC Board of Directors member Vidya Kora, M.D., and Past President Ronald Downs, M.D., chair of IMPAC, visited Indiana’s two senators and five of the state’s nine congressmen last month to support repeal of Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula in the final deficit reduction legislation.
The visits were made during the annual AMPAC federation meeting in which 23 state medical societies converged on Capitol Hill to discuss the flawed SGR. This year’s gathering coincided with discussions of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction or “super committee.”
“Visiting our congressmen was our main priority,” commented Rinebold. “The timing was perfect to discuss with them how the SGR impacts one million Hoosiers, in addition to 95,000 TRICARE lives. Conversations with our congressmen were very positive.”
The meeting with Sen. Lugar has already made an impact. On Oct. 25, the senior senator sent a letter to members of the Joint Select Committee urging full repeal of the SGR formula.
“An important first step to Medicare reform is repeal of the unworkable SGR formula and its replacement with a physician payment system that promotes efficiency and quality while also ensuring patient access,” he wrote.
Read the entire letter here.