(Greg Lemon) – Washington — Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03), today, issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 2, a permanent fix for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR):
“A permanent fix to the SGR will give our seniors the peace of mind that they will be able to see the healthcare provider of their choice,” Rep. Heck said. “As a long-time proponent of a permanent fix to the Sustainable Growth Rate, I am pleased that Congress worked in a bipartisan way to address the critical challenge of establishing a more stable reimbursement system that rewards quality of care over quantity. I urge the Senate to take swift action passing this bill.”
Rep. Heck has been at the forefront of the movement to enact legislation to repeal the SGR formula and replace it with a more stable physician reimbursement system that rewards quality of care. He and former Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced the first bipartisan bill to offer a permanent solution to the flawed SGR in 2012 and re-introduced that legislation in 2013. Many of the provisions from that bill are included in H.R. 2.
Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada’s Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.