Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) today applauded the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, legislation that replaces the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to restore stability to the Medicare payment process.
“For too long, Congress has passed short-term fixes that have created much uncertainty for those who rely on the Medicare program,” said Renacci. “While not perfect, this legislation is a permanent solution that eliminates the threat of massive Medicare payment cuts year after year and rewards our providers based on quality and efficiency.”
Renacci’s Better Efficiency and Administrative Simplification Act was included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. This legislation provides the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the authority to allow beneficiaries to receive their Medicare Summary Notices more frequently and to expand the email option to other beneficiary documents. By increasing the frequency of these notices, beneficiaries are able to catch fraudulent billing right away, as opposed to months after the services have been received. The sooner beneficiaries can report incorrect billing, the sooner the government can stop the payments from going out.
Renacci added, “I was pleased the Better Efficiency and Administrative Simplification Act was included in today’s package. The idea for this legislation came straight from a constituent in North Canton, and it’s a commonsense solution to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare system. Today’s vote was certainly a step in the right direction, and I will continue to fight for a health care system that strengthens programs that Ohioans rely on and emphasizes patient-centered care.”