MMA Leaders Discuss SGR with Congress Members

[MMA News Now, March 13, 2014] While attending the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference, March 4-6, several MMA members met with Minnesota's Congressional representatives to push for the repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

On March 5, MMA President Cindy Firkins-Smith, M.D., Doug Wood, M.D., an MMA board member, Maya Babu, M.D., an AMA board member, and Robert Meiches, M.D., MMA CEO met with Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-Fourth District) and a representative for Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Doug Wood, M.D., (left) and MMA President
Cindy Firkins Smith, M.D., met with U.S.
Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL-Seventh District).

The following day, Smith, Wood and Meiches met with Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL-Seventh District), a representative for Rep. Tim Walz (DFL-First District) and a representative for Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Third District).

Peterson said in his newsletter that “replacing the SGR is a top priority for this Congress and I will continue to work with Minnesota providers to find the right solution for Minnesota.”

House leadership was scheduled to vote on SGR repeal legislation by the end of this week. The budget offset would repeal the ACA’s individual mandate, which would meet heavy resistance by senate Democrats and President Obama.  

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