Fix Medicare Now for a Healthier Tomorrow

Turn up the heat on SGR this summer

In Washington, D.C., August means one thing: summer recess for lawmakers. A five-week period when members of Congress are back in their districts hosting constituent events, such as town halls, coffee-on-the corner and in-office meetings.

This is a great opportunity to let your elected officials know that now is the time to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Let's turn up the heat on your lawmakers this month to encourage them to continue working in a bipartisan manner and repeal the SGR formula.

While your members of Congress are at home for the next five weeks, send them an urgent email and call their district offices via the AMA’s hotline at (800) 833-6354. Use our physician action kit to enhance your communication with lawmakers during the August recess.

Physicians’ Grassroots Toolkit

As a physician I cannot survive even a 5% cut, let alone a 21% cut. This system has needed fixing for many years.

Dr. Randal G.

Woodland Hills, UT

Our military personnel deserve access to quality health care.
The SGR hurts TRICARE, the health care program for military personnel and their families.

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Since 2003, Congress has enacted 17 patches to stop Medicare physician payment cuts, creating uncertainty for patients

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Baby Boomers Are Retiring

Jan 1, 1946 through Dec 31, 1964

Did you know? 10,000 new Medicare enrollees enter the system every single day

ONCE AGAIN, PHYSICIAN SERVICES FACE A 21% CUT
DUE TO THE FLAWED SGR PAYMENT FORMULA. NOW IS THE TIME
TO REPLACE THE SGR WITH A NEW SYSTEM ALTOGETHER.

GROWING GAP BETWEEN MEDICARE PAYMENT UPDATES AND
PRACTICE COST INFLATION THREATENS PATIENTS AND PHYSICIANS

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Can we survive the loss of more jobs?

766,000 jobs are projected to be lost by 2021 due to the 2% sequester cuts. How many additional jobs would be lost with a 21% SGR cut?

The health care has long been a mainstay even in times of recession, In 2012 health care accounted for 1 in 5 or 20% of jobs created in the United States.

While many of the top sectors of job loss are healthcare related, many other industries will suffer as well due to the indirect impact this will have on the economy.