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Legislative Action Center

Together we can help key policy makers at the federal and local levels better understand how their decisions on policy and legislation impact community oncology care. State and federal legislation can have a real impact on your bottom line, and ultimately how you deliver care, which is why it's so important that ACCC members bring their on-the-frontline perspectives to the legislative process.

Call to Action: Support Permanent Repeal of the SGR

On March 26, by a vote of 392-37 the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), to permanently replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Read a summary of the legislation here.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate recessed on Friday, March 27, without voting on the SGR repeal legislation.

The Senate is recessed for two weeks, but is expected to act on the permanent SGR repeal bill when it reconvenes on April 13.

H.R. 2 would create an improved physician payment system that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation and put an end to the cycle of annual “doc fix” crises that have created uncertainty for millions of Medicare providers and beneficiaries for over a decade. As you well know, physicians need the assurance of predictable, appropriate payments in order to plan for the future and invest in the personnel and technologies that are essential to providing high-qualitycancer care.

This is historic momentum on an issue that has plagued providers—and Congress— for years. This year’s compromise builds on last year’s efforts, and the window to get this bill across the finish line is narrowing. Join us in urging the Senate to pass responsible legislation that appropriately reimburses patient care.

Contact your Senators and ask them to support a permanent repeal of the SGR. As an expert in cancer care, they need to hear from you!

The Cancer Policy Landscape

ACCC's 2015 Capitol Hill Day on March 16 focused on the following issues that are critical to preserving quality cancer care:

Click here to download a brochure that explains the issues in detail.

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