The Super Committee — officially known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — sat down together officially for the first time last week. With their tight deadline and daunting task, some experts are expressing concern that Super Committee efforts will address the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
In other SGR news, MedPAC commissioners heard one proposal on how to fix the SGR. While the proposal would lop $100 billion off the price tag for a fix, doctors of many stripes were not pleased with how the savings would be accomplished.
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Also, a new report from the Census Bureau showed that nearly 100 million more Americans were uninsured in 2010. However, 18- to 24-year-olds gained coverage. Census officials say that could be because of provisions in the new health law that keep young people insured through age 26.
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Stay tuned next week for an update on Super Committee talks and a debate on what constitutes a “grandfathered” health plan.
The names are in and the lobbying has begun. Physicians — and others — are weighing in with their priorities for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — better known as the Super Committee. The group is charged with cutting $1.5 trillion of federal spending by Thanksgiving.
At the top of most doctors’ list: A permanent fix to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which could lead to a 30% pay cut on Jan. 1. But physicians from several specialties have other concerns they want addressed as well.
Meanwhile, a federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional, pushing the law one step close to its much-predicted airing in front of the Supreme Court.
Regardless of legal wranglings, the feds are busy pushing ACA programs along, with announcements of more than $200 million worth of programs last week.
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