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Rep. Engel Visits the White House to Celebrate Doc Fix

Rep. Engel Visits the White House to Celebrate Doc Fix

Washington D.C.- Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee, joined President Obama and fellow lawmakers at the White House Tuesday for an event celebrating the passage of bipartisan legislation that repeals the flawed Sustainable Growth (SGR) formula. The formula is used to compensate doctors who treat Medicare patients, and provides vital funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers. The reception was held in the White House Rose Garden, and was organized by the Obama Administration to thank the overwhelming majority of legislators, from both sides of the aisle, who came together to pass this important legislation.

“For over a decade, a permanent solution to the SGR formula problem eluded Congress, but now through bipartisan efforts we have finally addressed this issue,” Congressman Engel said. “Our doctors deserve to be fairly compensated for the quality care they provide our seniors, and our seniors deserve to have the best possible care available to them. With H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act signed into law, doctors will now be fairly compensated for their work, which will ensure that they continue to accept Medicare patients.  Furthermore, this law includes two years of funding for New York’s Child Health Plus program and the community health centers that provide quality primary health care services to New Yorkers annually.    It’s a win-win for our health system, and it shows what can be accomplished when Democrats and Republicans put aside petty differences in order to work for the benefit of the American people.   

“Just as the President said at the Rose Garden reception: this is a significant bipartisan achievement. I hope it is the first of many to come in the 114th Congressional session.”